Campus Message 07.27.16
The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to providing a welcoming, safe and inclusive campus environment for everyone. I am saddened and disturbed to report that on July 25, a UI Health nurse was the victim of an apparent hate crime. The employee parked her car in the parking structure at 915 S. Paulina Street shortly before 7 a.m. When she returned to her car around 4 p.m. she discovered that someone had carved a swastika on the driver’s side door.
This type of threatening action has no place in our community where we welcome students, staff and faculty from a variety of races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religious preferences, disabilities, and many other attributes. As a university and as individuals, we must stand against bias, hatred, and violence of any kind.
Everyone in our community has a responsibility to ensure that our campus is safe and supportive. The UIC Police department is conducting a thorough investigation of this incident. Anyone with information related to this crime should call (312) 996-2830.
Michael D. Amiridis