University of Maryland Police are investigating a burned Pride Month poster in Hagerstown Hall as a hate bias incident.
Police responded at about 3:40 p.m. Sunday after a male student found the partially burned poster, which police said was vandalized sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday and 2:47 p.m. Sunday.
Along with the Department of Resident Life, the LGBT Equity Center met with students in dorms Tuesday to provide support, wrote Luke Jensen, the center’s director, in an emailed statement. Jensen wrote they spoke to students, including those who do not identify as LGBTQ+, and talked about the impact of the burned poster “given the broader social context of minority status.”
“Everyone must work together to create and maintain a campus that truly reflects the values we espouse,” Jensen wrote. “We are grateful to have many colleagues on campus who are committed to the creation of supportive environments for those who experience hate-bias incidents.”
Police are investigating and are encouraging anyone who may have more information to contact University Police.
This story has been updated.