Swastika, Racial Epithet Found at Drake University Spark Investigation

Just three weeks into the school year, Drake University students were confronted with a swastika carved into a campus elevator and the N-word scrawled on a whiteboard belonging to an African-American freshman.

The disturbing messages, which were discovered over the weekend, have sparked an investigation by the university and prompted officials at the Des Moines, Iowa, school to encourage students to work toward a more inclusive environment.

“Please take time to reflect on how you can be a more positive and active participant in making our community the powerfully welcoming and inclusive place that we aspire for it to be,” the university’s president, Marty Martin, said in a statement Sunday.

Image: The Drake University campus

The Drake University campus.