PD: GVSU student faked racist message

Racial slurs written on a GVSU student's white board. (Courtesy ReportIt - Feb. 18, 2014)

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) – The Grand Valley State University student who initially appeared to be the victim of a racist message is believed to be behind the incident, according to campus police.

On Feb. 17, negative messages were discovered on a white board on the door of a dorm in the Copeland Living Center. According to a GVSU spokesperson, a black student lives in that dorm room.

The word “die” and an image of stick figure labeled “black” being lynched were written and drawn on the board. “F*** Black History Month,” and “Black B****” were also written on the board.

Campus police and the university’s housing department began investigating the incident.

Friday, Grand Valley State University Police Department Chief Renee Freeman issued a statement, saying that the student who the white board belongs to is believed to be responsible for the messages in question.

Freeman also said that because the incident “had a disruptive impact” on the GVSU community, the dean of students will deal with the student, whose name was not released, for a student code violation.

GVSU has a system in place in which students and staff can report bias incidents by calling the dean of students at 616.331.3585, or through the Division of Inclusion and Equity at 616.331.3296 or www.gvsu.edu/inclusion/.

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