Syracuse University was already investigating racist graffiti and the use of a racial slur against a student; now a faculty member has been targeted. Syracuse Police, New York State Police, and the FBI are investigating an email that "contained anti-Semitic language and was threatening in nature," the school said Wednesday, per NBC News. This follows at least 12 incidents targeting marginalized groups in less than three weeks. Graffiti including slurs against Asians and blacks was found in a residence hall bathroom, while a swastika was drawn in a snow bank, reports Syracuse.com. But Chancellor Kent Syverud says the report that someone tried to AirDrop the manifesto of the white supremacist suspected in the New Zealand mosque shootings to students' phones was likely a hoax, per CBS News.
Several professors, told not to punish students who feel unsafe coming to campus, have canceled classes ahead of next week's Thanksgiving break. A group made up of faculty and students voted to extend that cancellation to all classes at a University Senate meeting Wednesday—the same day four students were suspended for last week's verbal assault on a black student, per CNN—but Syverud didn't immediately indicate if that would happen. After students marched to his house chanting, "Sign or resign" on Wednesday, he did announce on Thursday that he had OKed 16 of 19 student recommendations, which included expulsions for any student involved in the incidents and revisions to the school's anti-harassment policy; he requested minor edits to the other three. (Read more Syracuse University stories.)