Statement Regarding Mitchell Hall Swastika Postings

Please attribute to Tracy Schario, university spokesperson

November 05, 2007

After evaluating evidence from a hidden camera positioned in response to the swastika postings in Mitchell Hall, University Police have linked the student who filed the complaints to several of the incidents. Following a final interview with investigators today, the student admitted responsibility for those incidents.

The individual will now face student judicial action and a determination will be made as to whether District of Columbia and/or federal laws were violated. No other suspects in the Mitchell Hall incidents were identified at any point through use of the hidden camera, interviews, or increased patrols of the residence hall.

As reported yesterday, another GW student has now been identified in connection with the writing of racial epithets, and other hateful words, and the drawing of swastikas on doors in New Hall. That individual faces similar proceedings and has been barred from campus. In addition, the U.S. Attorney's Office is reviewing the New Hall case to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.

In compliance with federal privacy laws and long-standing university practice, GW will not disclose the name of the student in either case.

The GW Student Association will conduct a town hall forum Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, entitled "A Call for Student Led Action," to discuss hateful acts on campus and how to prevent them in the future. President Steven Knapp and other senior university officials will attend and participate in the gathering.

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