A pair of negative messages recently appeared on whiteboards in the study rooms of the Schlosser Residence Hall lobby. These messages appeared less than a week after vandals wrote racial and gender-biased messages on whiteboards and ripped door decorations on the dorm’s second and third floors. According to Area Coordinator Cody Miller, these new messages appeared a few days apart and described feelings of loneliness, isolation and academic stress.
Campus Security received tips about both of the new messages and have yet to identify the student or students who wrote them. Each message was erased and replaced with reassuring messages and lists of campus resources students can utilize.
A brief meeting was held for Schlosser upperclassmen at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26 in the dorm’s lobby. At the meeting, Miller explained the situation and gave the students in attendance some resources they could contact about the events. The discussion gave students a safe space to share information about, reactions to or thoughts on the event. Interim Coordinator of Multicultural Programs Stephanie Collins and Associate Dean of Students Allison Bridgeman were there to talk to any students who wanted to express concerns more privately.
Any students with information about who may have written these messages can report it via the LiveSafe app or by calling Campus Security. Anonymous reports can be filed by calling the EC Hotline at (855)-696-1899. Students who feel depressed or who want help dealing with any problems can contact the counselor on call at any time or visit Counseling Services in Suite 216 of the BSC.