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Indiana University working with FBI after fliers from white supremacist group found on campus

Posted at 11:05 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 13:13:42-05

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University and the FBI are investigating after fliers were left on doors across the Bloomington campus by a group that identifies itself with white supremacy.

IU Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel released a statement on Monday saying the fliers were found on the office doors.

“Posted under the cover of darkness, targeting the office doors of faculty members of color or scholars of race and ethnicity, these fliers were clearly meant to intimidate, threaten, scare, and provoke anger among faculty, staff, students, and visitors,” said Robel.

The group that's taking credit for the posters said on its social media page that it had done the same thing on at least 30 campuses across the country. 

“Our university rejects all forms of racism, bigotry, and discrimination,” said Robel. “These are in direct conflict with our core values and simply will not be tolerated. Our campus unequivocally rejects the cowardice and ugliness that this group’s action represents.”

The university is working with the FBI to identify the people responsible for posting the fliers.

Anyone with information on the fliers or where they came from is asked to contact the IUPD at (812) 855-4111.

Read the university's full statement below:

Dear IU Bloomington Community,

Earlier today, I learned of flyers posted on our campus by a group that identifies itself with white supremacy, and which claims in its social media to have posted similar flyers at as many as 30 universities across the country, including universities in California, Texas, Illinois, Washington, Georgia, and Massachusetts. Posted under cover of darkness, targeting the office doors of faculty members of color or scholars of race and ethnicity, these flyers were clearly meant to intimidate, threaten, scare, and provoke anger among faculty, staff, students and visitors.

The university is working with the police and has notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

I urge the campus community immediately to report any acts of this type by calling the IU Police Department at (812) 855-4111 or filing a Bias Incident Report.

Our university rejects all forms of racism, bigotry, and discrimination. These are in direct conflict with our core values and simply will not be tolerated. Our campus unequivocally rejects the cowardice and ugliness that this group's action represents.

We stand together as a community in the face of this abhorrent action. We will not be divided by cowards. This is a university. We discuss ideas in the full light of day.

We are, and will remain, one IU.