The replacement of “Black” with “All” on the school’s “Spirit Rock” occurred last weekend.
Franklin Tuitt, UConn’s vice president & chief diversity officer, and Michael Gilbert, vice president for student affairs, addressed the investigation in a letter to the community:
“After reviewing the incident, including video footage in which the license plate of the individual responsible was visible, the university determined that the person has no known current connection to UConn – meaning they are not a student or an employee – and they do not live in Mansfield.”
The university officials called the act “an unmistakable attempt to antagonize and demean people on our campuses, especially in the context of national events.”
The school has determined that the graffiti was not a crime and no fines would be imposed, the letter said.
“Even so, painting the Spirit Rock is a campus tradition that is intended solely for UConn students and student organizations,” Tuitt and Gilbert wrote. “We will update our policy on the rock to reflect this. While that by itself won’t prevent something similar from happening, it is our hope that it will give the university greater leverage in addressing it.”