SUNY Geneseo comes together in response to hateful graffiti

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Suny Geneso coming together after alleged hate message found

SUNY Geneseo came together Wednesday in unison after an alleged hate crime shook the campus last week.

This comes less than a week after a swastika was found spray painted in a common area of a residence hall there. The word “Trump” was next to it.

The graffiti was removed immediately – but it left some on campus shaken. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President of Student and Campus Life, says the investigation is ongoing

The investigation is underway. Our police are working closely with the State Police,” he said. “They’ve made some progress, but this is an unusual case – a difficult case.”

Bonfiglio says moving forward, policy could be reviewed for how the incident was handled by administrators.

“I imagine we will – as with many situations – we’ll review our response, see where we need to refine our response for the future,” he said. “And we’ll certainly involve the students in that review because they’re the ones most affected by this.”

Senior Matt Cook took the podium to send his fellow students a message.

A lot of what we’ve seen today – a lot of shows of unity, and a lot of what shows about this campus is that something like this wouldn’t tear us apart,” he said.

We asked administrators today if they suspect student involvement in Friday’s incident, but they did not want to comment.

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