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UM responds after #StopIslam written on campus

Posted at 4:17 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 08:39:59-04

Campus police are investigating after someone wrote #StopIslam on the Diag at the University of Michigan.

The graffiti was placed in several locations in chalk. They were accompanied by Trump 2016 markings.

A day after the words first appeared, campus crews went out and powerwashed the chalk away.

The university's Islamic community is calling for action. They are also asking for a dialog.

The University of Michigan has issued the following statement:

Earlier today someone used chalk to write a #stopislam message on the main square in the heart of our campus known as the Diag.

Attacks directed toward any member or group within the University of Michigan community, based on a belief or characteristic, are inconsistent with our values of respect, civility and equality.

We all understand that where speech is free it will sometimes wound.

But our message is this: We are fully committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of everyone.

Tonight we are reminded there is much work yet to be done.