Officials say the case is being taken seriously after the second incident this semester
American River College’s campus was once again vandalized on April 4. Students and faculty were notified via email that racist graffiti was found in the men’s restroom in the Fine Arts area of campus.
The graffiti was documented and removed by campus operations, according to the email from ARC’s Community Relations Office to students.
This is the second reported incident of graffiti on ARC’s campus this semester – the previous one occurred on March 2, consisting of anti-trans messages – and last semester there were instances of the same type of hateful infamy.
According to ARC’s Public Information Officer, Kaitlyn Collignon, and Gabe Ross, Chief Strategy and Communications Officer for the Los Rios Community College District, the district takes the crime seriously.
“We will do everything in our power to find the responsible party,” Collignon and Ross said in an email to The Current.
They said the strongest possible action will be enforced if they are able to identify the person(s) responsible.
“We do not believe there is a credible threat to the safety of the campus community at this time,” Collignon and Ross said.
Warda Ali, ARC’s student senate president, said these incidents are not tolerated by ASB.
“Campus vandalism and graffiti is alarming, and any kind of harmful rhetoric is taken seriously,” Ali said in an email to The Current.
Ali said she has personally spoken with faculty and staff about the graffiti and language and that they are collectively concerned.
“We want to ensure that every space on campus is a safe and welcoming space for everyone,” Ali said.
Ali stated that the ASB members and other groups are brainstorming with faculty and staff on how to further protect students.
“I have reached out to deans and the associate vice president for institutional effectiveness and innovation to discuss preventative measures and to continue to promote a safe and inclusive university community,” Ali said.
ARC has encouraged students to call Los Rios Police at (916) 558-2221 if they have any information. They also encourage students to take advantage of 24/7 telehealth, Timely Care and other resources offered by the Los Rios Center for Mental Health and Wellness.