From Towson Patch 5.1.18

TOWSON, MD — A possible hate crime is under investigation at Towson University. The two victims were students at the university, and so were the alleged assailants.

Towson University President Kim Schatzel called what happened a “truly deplorable incident,” issuing a statement Tuesday affirming the university’s intolerance of hateful conduct.

The incident reportedly began after 2 a.m. on Sunday off campus.

Two Alpha Epsilon Pi brothers were walking in the unit block of Aigburth Road around 2:12 a.m. when two other students screamed slurs at them, then punched one in the face, according to WJZ.

The police report indicated there were “anti-Semitic words and actions,” according to Schatzel.

SubscribePolice found the pair of intoxicated suspects standing over and screaming at one victim, WJZ said, noting nobody was arrested because the victims would have to press charges against the suspects for second-degree assault.

Towson University’s Office of Student Conduct and Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity is conducting a full investigation, according to a statement from the administration, which noted acts of hatred, bias, racism or discrimination are not tolerated.

In Maryland, there were 35 anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, including 20 vandalism and 15 harassment cases, the Anti-Defamation League reported earlier this year. No assaults were recorded in the group’s analysis of Maryland in the past three years.

Still, the total number of cases reported in 2017 was a dramatic increase from 2016, when there were three anti-Semitic incidents reported statewide. In 2015, there were nine.

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Here is the full statement from Towson University President Kim Schatzel, issued May 1, regarding “an off-campus hate-bias incidenton April 29, 2018″:

I am reaching out to inform you of a truly deplorable incident that occurred off-campus between members of our own Towson University community.

On Sunday morning, Baltimore County police notified the Towson University Police Department of an off-campus call reported as an assault and hate-bias incident between TU students. TUPD immediately reached out to the students involved and, as the reporting of the incident included anti-Semitic words and actions, informed the Office of Student Conduct and the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity so they could begin a full and ongoing investigation.

Towson University does not tolerate acts of hatred, bias, racism or discrimination of any kind on our campus or by members of the TU community. All reports of hate-bias are taken seriously and are thoroughly investigated. Any student found responsible for such conduct is subject to sanctions including suspension and expulsion from the university.

We have contacted the victims in this case and are lending our full support to them, their families and members of the community.

Hateful conduct is inexcusable and will not be tolerated at Towson University. Our community has worked relentlessly to achieve a more diverse and inclusive campus that supports every member to thrive, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or levels of ableness. I am appalled that the off-campus incident occurred between members of our own community, and wish to provide my deepest assurances that these events will be treated with the utmost urgency by me and the Towson University administration.

Anyone who is impacted by this incident, or who needs support, may contact the Counseling Center or TU Hillel for assistance.

Kim Schatzel