A swastika was found carved into a bathroom stall wall on Bucknell Campus, confirmed chief communications officer Andy Hirsch.
In a email sent out at 11:34 a.m., University President John Bravman told students the hate symbol was discovered in the stall of a men's restroom in the Bertrand Library.
"I am utterly disgusted by and will not tolerate hate speech of any nature," he said.
Bravman said they don't know when the swastika was craved into the stall wall, but it was quickly removed by Public Safety and Facilities.
He also said anyone with any information regarding the individual who carved the hate symbol into the wall should contact Public Safety as soon as possible.
"I call on all members of our Bucknell community to stand up against anti-semitism and all other forms of discrimination," Bravman said. "We will not tolerate hate."
This is the third known incident of white supremacist and racist propaganda targeting local universities. Back in November, swastikas were also found on Susquehanna University's campus in Selinsgrove and filers with the question “sick of anti-white propaganda in college” were found near Bucknell University.
The Southern Poverty Center reports the number of reported hate crimes in the United State has increased since Nov. 9th, the day after the election. According to their website, they reported 437 cases of harassment and intimidation between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14.
Robin Burstein, the associate regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Philadelphia branch, said her organization collected reports of 197 alleged incidents over the last ten months. However, they collected 40 reports of alleged incidents in the month of November alone, double the average number of reported incidents per month this year.
While she said there is no way to know if there is an actual increase in incidents or if an increased awarness of bigotry has led to more media coverage in general, she praised Bravman's strong and quick response.
Burstein also confirmed she talked with Bravman shortly after the incident. She said her organization offered its support and resources to help the university respond to bigotry.
"I don't think we can stop everything from happening," she said. "The best thing we can do is to train leaders to respond appropriately and turn the incident into a teachable moment."
Email comments to email@example.com. Follow Ginader on twitter @EmmaGinader.