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the exterior of the Gardner Commons building on the University of Utah campus

monitoring

Nov 8, 2023

Defacement of Israeli Flag in Gardner Commons
An Israeli flag was defaced outside the University of Utah’s Office for Global Engagement in Gardner Commons.
a common space on the first floor of the Kahlert Village with a whiteboard

monitoring

Nov 6, 2023

Offensive Language in Kahlert Village Residence Hall Whiteboard
A whiteboard was discovered with various sexualized language, a known homophobic slur, and biased language toward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members.
an enterior common space with comfortable chairs in the Kahlert Village residence hall

monitoring

Nov 1, 2023

Homophobic Slur on Residence Hall Bulletin Board
A Resident Advisor reported they found the board tampered with and noticed someone ripped the “L” out of the word ‘flags’ to create a homophobic slur.
aerial view of presidents circle in the spring

monitoring

Oct 27, 2023

Flyers expressing anti-Trans sentiments and advertising for film watch party
RBIRT received several incident reports regarding flyers that a campus student organization known as Young Americans for Freedom posted in various campus buildings.
speech bubbles on a chat

monitoring

Oct 12, 2023

Muslim Student Association WhatsApp Harassment
The group chat was "spammed" with inappropriate images, videos, and messages of Islamophobia and xenophobia.
exterior of the Union building on the University of Utah campus

closed

Aug 31, 2023

Self-proclaimed preacher displaying bias language on campus
University of Utah Police received various complaints regarding an individual claiming to be a preacher engaging with students and stating they would “go to hell for their sins.”
an aerial view of the University of Utah Rice-Eccles Stadium

monitoring

Aug 31, 2023

Offensive language on t-shirt in the MUSS
During the Utah vs. Florida football game, it was reported that an individual was seen in the MUSS wearing a t-shirt that read “F**k the gay-tors”.
exterior of the Kahlert Village building

monitoring

Aug 29, 2023

Kahlert Village Vandalism
A staff member discovered a message spelled out in rocks around a fireplace near the entrance of Kahlert Village that read “You’re gay c***.”
underside of the Legacy Bridge

monitoring

Aug 14, 2023

Vandalism on the George S. Eccles Legacy Bridge
A student reported graffiti on the George S. Eccles Legacy Bridge walkway with the words "kidnappers, liars, and r-words," with an arrow pointing towards the edge.
an aerial view of the University of Utah with the sunsetting in the distance

monitoring

Jul 26, 2023

Racial Slur & Vandalism at the Marriott Center for Dance
A staff member discovered a bulletin board inside the Marriott Center for Dance building with the n-word spelled out with pins
a black office phone on a desk

monitoring

Jul 21, 2023

Homophobic & anti-Christian voicemail
A staff member received a hateful, anonymous voicemail intended for the LGBT Resource Center.
an aerial view of the University of Utah campus from the intersection of 1300 East and 300 South

resolved

Jun 7, 2023

Driver brings vehicle on campus with hate symbols
A non-university affiliated individual was driving a vehicle on campus that had several spray-painted hate symbols including a swastika displayed on the hood.
the main hallway in the interior of the A Ray Olpin Student Union

closed

Mar 29, 2023

Pride Week event poster vandalism 
A staff member reported finding two “The Toilet Paper” advertising posters damaged in a restroom in the Union Building.
The front lobby of the A. Ray Olpin Union building

resolved

Mar 28, 2023

Flyers advertising anti-trans film watch party in Union building
Flyers advertising a watch party of an anti-trans film showed offensive illustration of trans individuals. The advertising and screening for the film was being conducted during Pride Week.
an orange bike locked on a rack outside of a residence hall at the University of Utah

closed

Mar 16, 2023

Racist vandalism in residence hall
A Resident Advisor in a University of Utah Housing and Residential Education residence hall observed the “N-word” written on the wall and scribbled over in blue pen.
aerial view of the University of Utah Hospital

monitoring

Feb 28, 2023

Anti-LGBT+ slurs and intimidation against U of U Health employees
A patient at a U of U Health medical facility verbally assaulted several members of their treatment team.
a cellphone with the Snapchat logo

resolved

Feb 21, 2023

Class of 2026 Snapchat Group Message
Several University of Utah students in a Snapchat community reported a student member who posted two images they felt were biased in nature, one a racist image.
The Student Life Center and Legacy Bridge on the University of Utah campus

closed

Feb 11, 2023

Racist slur shouted from moving vehicle
Two White-identifying students reported an individual who shouted the "N-word" at them from a moving vehicle.
exterior of the Huntsman Cancer Institute

closed

Feb 8, 2023

Antisemitic, anti-Islamic, & racist White nationalist conspiracy theory propaganda letter
A University of Utah Health employee received an unsigned letter that expressed racist, antisemitic, and anti-Islamic sentiments.
an information desk inside the Gardner Commons at the University of Utah

closed

Feb 7, 2023

Racist slurs, homophobic hate language and a swastika written on notes left in public space at Gardner Commons
Students found several pieces of paper around a suggestion box with various racist and homophobic slurs.
dorm doors in a residence hall at the University of Utah

closed

Feb 7, 2023

Sexualized gender based language on door decorations in residence hall
Resident Advisors reported that they found an offensive and sexualizing term about women displayed on a resident’s door.
a wooden world map with blue push pins

closed

Jan 13, 2023

Map Bulletin Board Anti-Muslim Bias Incident
A small note which read “Allahu Akbar >:(” was pinned to Saudi Arabia on a world map. Because the inclusion of the emoticon “>:(“ makes this a bias incident because of the negative connotation.
the interior of a study space with mobile whiteboards

closed

Jan 12, 2023

Racist and sexually stereotyping message on residence hall whiteboard
Several whiteboard messages used Greek letter designations of fake sororities/fraternities. In one message the letters also aligned to spell “KKK” and in the other, referenced oral sex.
the exterior of the Huntsman Center with snow

closed

Dec 9, 2022

University looking into third-party social media report of racial slurs overheard at the Huntsman Center
Two spectators described as making culturally insensitive comments during a game.
the interior of a study space with mobile whiteboards

closed

Dec 9, 2022

Residence Hall Whiteboard Drawings
Resident Assistants discovered sexual drawings along with biased language targeting women written on several whiteboards in a shared common cluster space in Kahlert Village.
speech bubbles on a chat

closed

Nov 21, 2022

GroupMe Chat Harassment
An unknown individual joined a class chat group, who started “spamming” random messages in the chat, including some targeting the LGBTQ+ community.
the exterior of the J Willard Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus

closed

Nov 10, 2022

Anti-Asian Hate Incident at J. Willard Marriott Library
A library staff member was told by a public visitor to "go back to his country..."
an image of a Trax rail train at a University of Utah station

closed

Oct 20, 2022

Anti-Asian Hate Incident at Stadium TRAX Station
A student reported she was harassed by a woman who repeatedly yelled racial slurs and insults.
a crowd cheers in a stadium for the PAC-12 championship game

closed

Oct 17, 2022

Anti-Asian Hate Speech During USC Football Game
An individual reported they were subjected to anti-Asian racist slurs and comments throughout the game.
exterior of the Kahlert Village building

closed

Oct 13, 2022

Residence Hall Window Displays
Offensive and sexualizing messages about women were displayed in residence hall window displays.
Exterior of the George S. Eccles Student Life Center on the University of Utah campus

closed

Sep 17, 2022

Video recording and social media harassment of Native student 
A video surfaced on social media that disparages and mocks a University of Utah student who is affiliated with the Ute Indian/Navajo tribe.
exterior of the Health Sciences Education Building on the University of Utah campus

closed

Sep 9, 2022

Antisemitic, White Nationalist Conspiracy Theory Propaganda Mailer
One of the offices of the university’s Center for Child Care and Family Resources received a hard-copy letter through the U.S. Mail system with hateful, false, and antisemitic language.
exterior of the Peterson Heritage Center building on the University of Utah campus

closed

Sep 9, 2022

Antisemitic Hate Symbol in Residence Hall
A Resident Advisor (RA) in a University Housing residence hall observed a swastika drawn on a whiteboard on a residence door.
hallway of a residence building at the University of Utah

closed

Sep 7, 2022

Residence Hall Catcalling
A female resident and her roommates were returning to their room when about six male residents passed them in the hall and catcalled them.
the interior of the Kalhert Village laundry room

closed

Aug 28, 2022

Residence Hall Laundry Facility Racist Slur
A resident reported that they heard another resident in the laundry room making racist and sexual comments.
a sidewalk on the University of Utah campus, lined by trees with fall foligage

closed

Aug 23, 2022

Homophobic Slur at Recognized Student Organization Meeting
During an introductory meeting for the local chapter of a Recognized Student Organization, two attendees at the meeting used a homophobic slur.
exterior of the Kahlert Village housing building on the University of Utah campus

closed

Aug 21, 2022

Kahlert Village Whiteboard Incident
A welcome message with the writer's pronouns was altered. Even if intended as a joke, actions like this work against the culture of belonging and inclusion we are striving toward as a community.
an image of a Trax rail train at a University of Utah station

closed

Aug 17, 2022

South Campus Trax Station Racist Intimidation
A faculty member received threats of violence and intimidation coupled with racial slurs while waiting at a Trax station.
An image of the exterior of the University of Utah Health University Hospital exterior and entrance signage

closed

Aug 4, 2022

Act of Hate at University of Utah Health
University of Utah Health staff member was responding to a medical crisis and was assaulted by a patient while providing assistance.
exterior of the Nielsen Rehabilitation Hospital

closed

Jun 14, 2022

Hate Symbol Graffiti
A spray-painted swastika was discovered on a construction sign just south of the Rehabilitation Hospital.
aerial photo of the university of utah campus and eccles stadium

closed

Apr 30, 2022

Monster Jam Event Vehicle Vandalism – LGBTQIA+ Slur
University of Utah Police took a report from a person whose vehicle had been keyed and the word “Gay” was carved into the paint on the passenger side door.
exterior east entrance to the Spencer Fox Eccles Business building

closed

Apr 26, 2022

School of Business Restroom Anti-Trans Vandalism
An individual discovered some anti-trans/transphobic vandalism in one of the stalls of a men’s restroom in the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building.
image of intramural soccer game

resolved

Apr 18, 2022

Homophobic Chant at Intramural Soccer Match
During an intramural soccer match, several spectators began to yell/chant a Spanish word that is colloquially known as a homophobic slur.
the Progress Flag wrapped Block U on the University of Utah campus

closed

Mar 31, 2022

Pride Week Block U Vandalism
Campus Security officers discovered that the wrapped block U had been vandalized by an unknown individual(s) with messages on two strips of duct tape.
exterior of the J. Willard Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus

closed

Mar 24, 2022

Pride Week Event Poster Removal
Posters promoting an event at the Marriott Library were repeatedly removed, crumpled up, and placed in a nearby garbage can in the lobby.
Exterior of the Gateway Heights building on the University of Utah campus

resolved

Feb 9, 2022

Racial Slur on Gateway Heights Whiteboard
A Resident Assistant (RA) reported that a resident found a racial slur referring to individuals of Hispanic or Latina/o/e/x background written on the whiteboard on the door to her residence.
laptop with multicolor screen glowing

closed

Feb 8, 2022

School of Medicine Seminar Zoom Bombing
An unknown individual (or group of individuals) disrupted an online seminar and took control of the sound and share screen function, disabled host controls, and drew a swastika on the screen.
exterior of the J. Willard Marriott library

closed

Jan 19, 2022

Marriott Library Book Defacement
A library staff member found biased comments written in a returned book.
image of the Black Cultural Center exterior

closed

Jan 11, 2022

Black Cultural Center Bomb Threat
A crisis center call line in Hollywood, California, received a call alleging a bomb was placed in the Black Cultural Center in the Fort Douglas area of the University of Utah campus.
cellphone with blank white screen on a light wood tabletop

closed

Dec 19, 2021

Instagram-Reported Racial Incidents
The University of Utah Racist and Bias Incident Response Team became aware, through an Instagram post, of a potential racist incident in an on-campus residence hall.

closed

Dec 10, 2021

Chapel Glen Parking Lot Defacement
A car parked in the Chapel Glen parking lot was found with a racial slur and bullying language written in the dust on the windows of the car.
Bonneville Shoreline trail overlooking the University of Utah campus

resolved

Nov 23, 2021

Hate Crime at Residence Hall
A university contractor was making a delivery when two students shouted the N-word and threw sunflower seeds and coffee pods at the individual.
laptop with multicolor screen glowing

closed

Sep 7, 2021

Discord Server Harassment
Three unknown individuals joined the Muslim Student Association Discord channel and began using racist language and sharing racist memes and images in an attempt to “troll” the channel and its members.
cellphone with blank white screen on a light wood tabletop

closed

Sep 7, 2021

Antisemitic Text Message
A member of the campus community reported that they received a text message from an unknown phone number, which contained hate speech against the Jewish community.
exterior of the Rice-Eccles Stadium and parking lot

closed

Sep 2, 2021

Stadium Tunnel Poster Vandalism
An individual reported that one of the posters related to the Ute Proud campaign had been vandalized.
exterior of the University of Utah Hospital at dusk

resolved

Apr 1, 2021

U of U Health Medical Facility Assault
A patient at a University of Utah Health medical facility verbally and physically assaulted staff members.
aerial view of presidents circle in the spring

resolved

Mar 15, 2021

Anti-Police Posting
A poster with offensive words in Spanish and a negative portrayal of a police officer was posted in a public-facing office window of a building on Presidents Circle.
Dream Center exterior

closed

Feb 19, 2021

Dream Center Zoom Bombing
During a webinar, Zoom bombers used racist language in their audio feeds, targeting the Black community, as well as offensive speech and imagery targeting members of the Muslim community.
vibrant green landscape and red, Block U installation on the University of Utah campus

resolved

Jan 29, 2021

Extremist Militia Group Decal at Construction Site
A contractor working on a University of Utah construction site, noticed a decal for the “Three Percenters” on the company vehicle of a subcontractor.
Marriot Library West Enterance at dusk

closed

Jan 28, 2021

Harassing Library Phone Calls
An unknown individual attempted to have a library employees repeat the title of a book which included the N-word.
aerial view of Lassonde building and parking lot on the University of Utah campus

closed

Jan 18, 2021

Lassonde Parking Lot Defacement
A parked car in the Lassonde Studios' parking lot was found defaced with racial and anti-LGBTQ+ slurs.
the Block U installation on the University of Utah campus

closed

Dec 9, 2020

Kahlert Village Vandalism
Reported vandalism of Kahlert Village's common area included a public display of a slur directed at the LGBTQ+ community.
exterior of Gardner Commons Building with setting sun reflected in glass windows

closed

Dec 2, 2020

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence Zoom Bombing
An unknown group of individuals “zoom bombed” a meeting using racist and offensive language and imagery targeting the LGBTQ+ community and members of the LDS Church.
aerial shot of the University of Utah's presidents circle

closed

Nov 25, 2020

Divestment Committee Zoom Bombing
An unknown group of individuals “zoom bombed” a meeting using offensive sexual and racist videos, statements, images and hate speech in the text chat and annotations.
exterior of Gardner Hall, which houses the School of Music

closed

Nov 7, 2020

School of Music Zoom Bombing
During a masterclass on African American art song, an unknown group of individuals used offensive language and racist hate speech in their audio feeds and text chat directed at the Black community.
the Block U installation on the University of Utah campus

resolved

Sep 17, 2020

BLM Sign Defacement/Vandalism
A Black Lives Matter sign inside the School of Medicine was repeatedly defaced beginning in August.