WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Officials at William & Mary are investigating after graffiti was found on campus buildings overnight.
A William & Mary spokesperson tells WAVY.com graffiti was found on several fraternity houses and a community building. Campus police are investigating.
A spokesperson for the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity released a statement about the vandalism, which said, in part, “The chapter reported
the criminal activity to local authorities and is fully cooperating with investigators in hopes of identifying the perpetrator.”
Anyone who knows anything about the graffiti is encouraged to call William & Mary Police at 757-221-4596.
An alert was sent out to students on Thursday:
Dear William & Mary Community,
I wanted to share information about an incident that you will likely see in the news today.
Early this morning, William & Mary Police (WMPD) discovered that nearly all of our fraternity houses on Ukrop Way, as well as the fraternity/sorority community building, had been vandalized. Graffiti on the buildings included “rape” and “rapists” spray painted on the brick exteriors. The buildings have since been cleaned and WMPD is conducting a full investigation. To be clear, damage to or destruction of property, particularly graffiti on our buildings, is never an acceptable form of expression and won’t be tolerated.
Sexual violence and rape are serious issues on college campuses, including ours. While we have made progress at William & Mary, our efforts to educate about, prevent, and respond to sexual violence must and do continue in earnest. Defacing property and unfairly labeling an entire segment of our community is neither an effective nor acceptable way to advance that cause.
For resources, support or information on how to report any form of sexual violence, please visit http://www.wm.edu/sexualviolence. If you have any information on this incident, please contact William & Mary Police at 757-221-4596.
The college investigated anonymous flyers that were posted around campus last month. Some of the flyers reportedly contained messages meant to “harass, intimidate or threaten” parts of the community.
Stay with WAVY.com for the latest developments.