NEW YORK (PIX11)—Fordham University is investigating a recent rash of racist graffiti that has showed up on both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses.
It started in February, when a six letter word showed up on a senior's dorm room door, in black permanent marker. The n-word was aimed at the student of color who lived their, said students.
Jones said the university didn't act fast enough to the vandalism. She said it took administrators immediately scratched out the word but it took 10 days to paint the door, which turned into a constant reminder for colored students on campus about the hate.
"Students of color were really waiting for a security report. But we didn't get a student wide one from the administration right away," said Jones.
Since February, the university has investigated three separate incidents where racial slurs showed up on campus. The most recent, last Friday on the Rose Hill campus where someone wrote the N-word. And a week before, at Lincoln Center, graffiti that target gay students was found in a stairwell.
"We are a Jesuit community and we want the university to implement the rules and principals," said Jones.
Upset students said the latest incidents are a prime example of campus-wide racism problem at the school that is often swept under the rug by administration. And it is why Jones and other students started the End The Silence campaign. The online petition has been signed by 1500 Fordham students and alumni and the list keeps growing.
Today, over the phone, the University spokesperson told PIX 11 the university responded appropriately to the incidents and that the University President, Joseph McShane is set to speak to students tomorrow again about the latest with the investigation.
The University is investigating. They will report findings to the Department of Education.