Message from President Fuchs regarding antisemitic chalk messages

President Kent Fuchs
February 1, 2023

We are deeply troubled by a series of antisemitic chalk messages that were found in recent days around our Gainesville campus in what seems to be a coordinated act. UF strongly and unequivocally condemns these and all acts of antisemitism, hatred and intolerance. UF has reached out to the leaders of UF’s Jewish community to offer support for any students who were impacted by these messages.

We have learned that similar appalling incidents have taken place recently at other college campuses. While no security threat has been identified on our campus, the University of Florida Police Department has initiated an investigation into the matter. Additionally, there will be a visible presence of officers on campus in the coming days.

We want to reiterate that we emphatically support our Jewish community along with the diverse groups that make up the University of Florida, and we will continue to stand together against all acts of hate.