University Responds to Vandalism in International House

GWPD investigating reports of swastikas found in residence hall lobby.

International House
March 02, 2015

The George Washington University Police Department received reports last week of drawings of swastikas—viewed as a symbol of anti-Semitism—in the lobby of International House, a university residence hall.

GWPD responded to the incident, and the drawings were removed. An investigation is underway.

“This abhorrent behavior is inexcusable and will not be tolerated in our community,” Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Peter Konwerski said in a letter to International House residents. “We want everyone in our community to feel safe and included.”

The university has increased security in the building. The main entrance will be monitored 24 hours a day, and GWorld access is required for admittance.

GW students without GWorld access to International House will be required to show identification and sign in.

“This is something we take seriously and we are responding in real time as facts are presented,” said Rabbi Yoni Kaiser-Blueth of GW Hillel. “We want to make sure all students— not just Jewish students—feel safe on this campus and we never want to see this happen again. This is an opportunity to strengthen the ties that bind us as a university and a community.”

Members of the university community with information regarding the incident are encouraged to call GWPD at 202-994-6111.  Individuals also can report concerns via the GW PAL safety app or through the anonymous “TIPS” line at 202-994-TIPS (8477).