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Bias incident investigated on campus; perpetrator banned from campus

November 14, 2016

Earlham College has concluded an investigation into a bias incident that took place in a dormitory hallway over the weekend.

On Sunday, Public Safety officers responded to a report of a swastika being written on a dorm room door where two students are living. The swastika was written on a dry erase board hanging from the door.

The officers, along with personnel from the Department of Student Life, conducted a full internal investigation and offered support for all students affected by this incident.

Following the investigation, the responsible individual was identified and action was taken, including banning that individual from visiting campus in the future. The individual is not a member of the Earlham community.

“This act was completely reprehensible and totally unacceptable,” President David Dawson says. “Action such as this remind us all that we must resist forces of mutual suspicion, division, and hatred and resolutely reject all acts of bias or discrimination against anyone or any group.

“Thanks to the swift action of Public Safety and Student Life, and the cooperation of our students, we are in possession of legitimate information in which an individual is clearly admitting that they are responsible for the behavior,” he says.

At Noon Monday, members of the College community gathered on the center of campus to express solidarity for those who have been hurt by this incident. Later that afternoon, Student Life facilitated a period of open dialogue for anyone interested in discussing the incident and the College’s response.

With students representing nearly all 50 states and 60 countries around the world, Earlham College is one of the nation’s most diverse colleges. The College prides itself on fostering an inclusive environment where all students can thrive.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and


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