Swastika drawing found on wall in Aggie Village

Serena Bettis

Aggie Village residents found a drawing of a swastika on the wall next to a Community Coordinator’s apartment in Lodgepole in the evening of Sept. 18.

Director of University Housing Helena Gardner sent an email to Aggie Village residents at 10:25 p.m. last night addressing the drawing.


“Our campus is already struggling with so much anger and pain,” Gardner wrote. “And that is even more reason to reiterate: the use of symbols of hate and violence is not acceptable in our community and causes lasting harm.”

Earlier in the evening, University Housing hosted a round table conversation regarding racism, bias and free speech issues. Gardner said they will schedule a similar conversation at Aggie Village next week.

“This is just the beginning of what we hope will be an engaged process to explore and address these topics as a community as we move through this year,” Gardner wrote.

In her fall address Thursday, Colorado State University President Joyce McConnell confirmed the incident. 

“Last night, we discovered a swastika on the wall in one of our apartment complexes,” McConnell said. “Whether individual or institutional, racism and bias is antithetical to the core mission of excellent higher education.”

Anyone who witnessed this incident or may have information about it has been asked to contact CSUPD at 970-491-6425 or submit a bias report on the CSU Support and Safety website.

Gardner also recommended the following support systems for students impacted by this incident:

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