RBIRT statement on Kahlert Village vandalism incident

What happened

On December 1, 2020, during morning rounds, a Resident Assistant (RA) at Kahlert Village found vandalism in the common area of their floor. The vandalism consisted of posters being ripped, some holiday decorations were damaged, and on the common white board someone wrote a slur directed at the LGBT+ community.

What is being done

Housing and Residential Education (HRE) has reported the incident to the University’s Racist and Bias Incident Response Team, and to University Police. HRE has posted several “Hate has no home here” posters with messages supportive to the targeted community in the immediate vicinity of the vandalism. Additionally, HRE has increased efforts to ensure safety within the facility.

The appropriate security footage has been reviewed, and no perpetrator was able to be identified. Typically, perpetrators of incidents like this are difficult to identify, however, if any university community members are identified, the Office of the Dean of Students, HRE, Human Resources, or other appropriate administrator will contact them to discuss policies and relevant sanctions, and provide education about the impact of these messages.

What to do

If you come across an item that is defaced or damaged or notice other vandalism, note the location and notify a campus official. If you are interested in learning more about the variety of resources the U offers to support diversity and inclusion, please visit the Office of the Dean of Students in the Union Building, Room 270, deanofstudents@utah.edu, 801-581-7066.

The U is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion

The University of Utah strongly condemns bias, discrimination, racism, bigotry and hate in the strongest possible terms and is no place for violence. We support fostering an inclusive campus and are committed to diversity. U administrators want to assure students, faculty and staff that they are dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and equitable campus where we work together to engage, support and advance a living, learning and working environment that fosters values of respect, diversity, inclusivity and academic excellence.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors who believe they have been the target of bias, intolerance or discrimination may report an incident through the public reporting form (bias and intolerance) for supportive measures, or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (sexual misconduct and discrimination).

 Support and resources

Counseling and support services are available from several entities on campus:

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Brian Jay Nicholls, Special Assistant to the Chief Safety Officer at RBIResponse@utah.edu.