What happened: hate crime information

    On Sunday, Sept. 26, at approximately 10 p.m., a female student wearing a shirt that read "Legalize Gay" was called a "faggot" and punched in the face by one of two unknown male assailants who then fled. This incident happened on Tratt Street in the city of Whitewater, two blocks away from campus.

    On Sunday, Nov. 7 at 6:45 p.m., a female student was approached by two white males while walking on the sidewalk near the cemetery on the north side of campus. The males were wearing shorts and T-shirts. One male was over 6 feet tall. The other male was approximately 5' 6". The taller of the two males pushed the victim into a fence. He made a derogatory statement about the victim's perceived sexual orientation and let the victim go.

    Sometime between 11 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, three cars in parking lots 8 and 19 were vandalized. The tires were slashed and "KKK" was spray painted on the vehicles. African-American UW-Whitewater students own the vehicles.

    Police are exhaustively investigating these three hate crimes. No arrests have been made. Tips regarding any of these incidents can be sent anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 262-723-2677 or to the UW-Whitewater police.

    Anyone with concerns about their own safety while on campus should contact the UW-Whitewater police for assistance at 262-472-4660. University Health and Counseling services is also available at 262-472-1305.

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