WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — The College of William & Mary says several flyers were found on campus bulletin boards earlier this week with messages meant to “harass, intimidate or threaten” different members of the community.
University officials say they were made aware of the flyers Monday evening.
Some appeared to have been designed to look like official documents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. University officials say there is no evidence this is true.
Students tell 8News sister station WAVY other flyers targeted women by making statements justifying the so-called gender pay gap. Other flyers seemed intended to intimidate African-American students with messages against affirmative action.
“I’m really shocked that someone would take the time to put something with so much hate around campus,” explained freshman Asia Prentiss.
Officials say some flyers were even posted near department offices to make them appear as if they were from the university.
“I feel like there’s this climate now where it’s just trying to jab back and forth at each side,” explained a graduate student who only identified himself as Zach. “So I wasn’t surprised, obviously disappointed. If it’s racist you never want to see that.”
William & Mary says it does not know who may have posted the messages.
In a message to the campus community Tuesday, officials said in part:
…anonymous postings or those misrepresenting their source are prohibited by campus policy and will be removed. More importantly, the university stands with those who were targeted in the flyers. Anonymous aspersions have no place in our educational community.
A William & Mary spokesperson says campus police are investigating the anonymous flyers.