Note: This news release was issued by the Indiana University Police Department-Bloomington on Friday, April 22, concerning vandalism to Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
On April 22, between 3:16 a.m. and 3:20 a.m., the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, located at 1115 N. Jordan Ave., and eight vehicles parked in its parking lot were vandalized.
The crimes appear to have been committed by a lone suspect who painted various phrases and symbols, including a swastika and smiley face, on exterior surfaces of the fraternity house and vehicles with black spray paint.
Although offensive and vulgar phrases and symbols were used in the commission of these crimes, the random nature of these phrases and symbols, the random selection of vehicles in the parking lot, and the diversity of SAE fraternity members indicate that these crimes were not motivated by bias toward any particular person or group. Nevertheless, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the success of IU, and we strive to create a culture of respect among our students, staff, faculty and administrators.
IU does not tolerate acts of hate or bias, and all members of the IU community are expected to treat others with dignity. Acts such as this, especially around the important holiday of Passover, are antithetical to our values, and we condemn them.
An image of the suspect, recovered from surveillance camera footage, can be seen in the attachment (see here). Damage is estimated to be in the range of $5,000-$10,000.
Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the IUPD-Bloomington at 812-855-4111.
The news release was provided by IUPD-Bloomington Operations Capt. Andy Stephenson.