|Statement from UND President Charles Kupchella|
First, let me say that there have been a number of incidents of harassment and culturally insensitive, and even belligerent, hurtful and hostile, actions which have taken place at the University of North Dakota this semester. I want to reiterate what I have said before: these kinds of activities - which have included the drawings of swastikas and other bias-motivated statements - are NOT tolerated. When these occur, we follow the processes set out in the Code of Student Life and we act as swiftly and as decisively as possible.
UND Police have been investigating these incidents. In late April, information collected by UND Police was turned over to the State’s Attorney’s Office, and that office has subsequently brought charges against a UND student.
The UND Police also turned the file over to UND Residence Life Services, which has the authority to investigate violations of UND’s Code of Student Life that occur in UND housing. UND Housing has completed its investigation and has issued disciplinary sanctions. The Family Right to Privacy Act, a federal law, prohibits the University from releasing the names of any students who received disciplinary sanctions. The law also prohibits the University from releasing the specific nature of the disciplinary sanctions.
As recently as early Friday morning [May 2], we learned of another incident in a separate residence hall which involves the use of a swastika. UND Police have identified suspects and are forwarding the case to the State’s Attorney’s Office with an affidavit for probable cause. UND Police say none of the students involved in this latest incident are Jewish.