Swastika Tracker

Updated: 8/23/16

The following is a partial list of incidents where swastikas were found on U.S. campuses from April 2014
*displayed in reverse chronological order

  1. August 17, 2016 – UC SANTA CRUZ – Antisemitic fliers with swastikas were printed on networked campus printers that were similar to antisemitic fliers printed earlier this same month and back in March. However, this flier differed in that it was extremely graphic and appeared to tell a fictional story of a man reveling in murdering and raping “filthy Jews” at a synagogue. The flier mentioned words and phrases such as “kike demon,” and “I know you f***ing Jews control the f***ing media anyway.”
  2. August 1, 2016 – UC SANTA CRUZ – Antisemitic fliers with swastikas were once again printed on networked campus printers that were similar to antisemitic fliers printed in March.
  3. May 3, 2016 – BOSTON UNIVERSITY – Nazi recruitment posters were found on campus that contained swastikas. One poster said, “Join your local Nazis at ironmarch.org. The Nazis are coming! The Nazis are coming! The Atomwaffen Division Massachussetts” with an image of a swastika. Another poster said, “Boston University. You have been visited by the Atomwaffen Division. Join your local Nazis” with an image of a swastika.
  4. April 28, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA CHAMPAIGNSwastikas were found by a campus employee April 24 in an elevator and a wall in the Armory indoor track and field center. Three other similar swastikas were found in campus buildings on Thursday April 28, as 2-foot-tall symbols drawn with markers.
  5. April 27, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF WISONSIN-MADISON – More wolfsangel symbols are found throughout campus, bringing the total to nine antisemitic symbols found. Additional new sightings included a wolfsangel symbol on the back of Agriculture Hall, another outside of Walgreens on East Campus Mall and another near the Campus Village Apartments on Mills Street and one on a rock. Previously, three had been found in UW’s Greek life community, one on the University Bookstore and one near Engineering Hall.
  6. April 25, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF WISONSIN-MADISON – Late Monday night at approximately 10:38 p.m., three men vandalized two parking signs at a sorority house on Langdon Street with antisemitic symbols, according to an email sent to members of the UW-Madison chapter Kappa Alpha Theta. The symbols were described as “particularly hateful and anti-Semitic in nature,” according to the email.
  7. April 25, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF WISONSIN-MADISON – Fliers advertising a Tuesday night event titled “Leftist Diversity: Excluding all Ideas except their own” were defaced. One flier was vandalized with the Wolfsangel, a symbol connected to the Nazi party.
  8. April 22, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON – Two “wolfsangel” symbols (similar to a swastika in that it is also a Nazi symbol used to express genocidal intentions) were found on campus, one near Engineering Mall and another near the University bookstore.
  9. April 20, 2016 – GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY – Six antisemitic related incidents have been reported on campus since Dec. 5, 2015. Two of these instances involved swastikas being drawn on walls or doors of residence halls. Two other incidents involved swastikas and additional messages, including “I am a Nazi” and “Hitler did nothing wrong.” An additional incident involved a faculty member making antisemitic gestures in a classroom, and the final report involved a Star of David with an “X” scratched into it on the window of a bus.
  10. April 14, 2016 – BIOLA UNIVERSITY – A preexisting drawing was defaced with dry-erase marker to resemble a swastika on a community whiteboard.
  11. April 6, 2016 – VASSAR COLLEGE – A swastika was found on a sign on a student’s door.
  12. April 4, 2016 – BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY – A swastika was drawn on a house where several students live in the campus’ vicinity, and where an unofficial event hosted by a Jewish group was being held.
  13. March 28, 2016 – OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY – Multiple fliers depicting a Nazi-supporting message and a swastika were posted on the monorail poles between the Engineering Systems and Education Building. With a background image of a swastika, the fliers said, “Old Dominion University. You have been visited by The AtomWaffen Division. Join our Local Nazis.”
  14. March 27, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – In a separate incident of a swastika drawn on the walls of USC campus buildings in a short period (The first was reported on March 16 in Pardee Tower, a freshman dorm), a swastika was reported in Hoffman Hall over the weekend, but the incident happened in February.
  15. March 27, 2016 – HOLLINS UNIVERSITY – A swastika was painted on “the Rock”, a campus landmark that students regularly paint with various messages.
  16. March 24, 2016 – UC SANTA CRUZ – A flier with swastikas on it was printed to several printers on campus including Housing Educational Services and Kresge. The flier said, “White Man are you Sick and Tired of the Jews Destroying Your Country through Mass Immigration and Degeneracy? Join Us in the Struggle for Global White Supremacy at the Daily Stormer.”
  17. March 16, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – A student drew a swastika on a poster hanging in a hallway at the Pardee Tower.
  18. March 12, 2016 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY – A swastika and graphic imagery were painted in various parts of the chapel and religious center.
  19. March 9, 2016 – FORDHAM UNIVERSITY – A backwards swastika was drawn in the garbage room of 10th floor in McMahon Residential Hall. This is the third anti-semitic bias incident to occur on a Fordham campus this academic school year.
  20. March 8, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS – A swastika was scratched into the bust of a statue of Chinese artist Au Ho-nien, located in Schwitzer Student Center.
  21. March 7, 2016 – PURDUE UNIVERSITY – A swastika and an anti-Semitic slur written on a whiteboard in the American Studies Program.
  22. February 20, 2016 – BRADLEY UNIVERSITY – Swastikas were drawn on a bathroom wall in Michel Student Center.

  23. February 18, 2016 – VASSAR COLLEGE – A carving of a swastika was found on a resident’s door in Noyes House.
  24. February 18, 2016 – RUTGERS UNIVERSITYSwastika is taped to the dorm room ceiling of a student.
  25. February 18, 2016 – UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST – Three swastikas were reported in one month on campus. One was found on February 18, 2016, scratched into a metal bathroom door at Hasbrouck Laboratory near room 219. A swastika made out of snow left on the roof of a car parked in the Orchard Hill dorm area the week before. On Feb. 2, a swastika was reported etched into a bathroom stall in the Integrative Learning Center.
  26. February 17, 2016 (Exposed) – UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – Five swastikas and multiple images of Adolf Hitler were deliberately taped over the dorm room of a Jewish student. Another student expressed anger at the Universities dismal response.
  27. February 14, 2016 – WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY – A Fairhaven resident told the resident director that a swastika had been drawn next to their name on a sign-up sheet posted on their door.

    February 5, 2016 – TEMPLE UNIVERSITY – A swastika was found carved out of snow on a car outside a Temple University student housing building. 

  28. February 2, 2016 – WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY – Resident advisers making rounds in Ridgeway Beta found a headless porcelain doll with a note that said “Death to all Jews” attached.
  29. January 31, 2016 – WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY – A Jewish student living in Fairhaven Complex reported to their resident adviser that a swastika had been drawn on a whiteboard attached to their door.
  30. December 11, 2015 – ROWAN UNIVERSITY – Several swastikas and other anti-Semitic markings were discovered carved into doors of Chestnut Hall and the sheetrock sides of a stairwell. This is the second swastika incident in about a week.
  31. December 3, 2015 – ROWAN UNIVERSITYSwastikas and other anti-Semitic markings were carved or keyed into several doors in a freshman residence hall at Rowan University’s main Glassboro campus.
  32. December 1, 2015 – UNIVERSITY OF OREGON – AEPi noted in a Daily Emorald article that, “swastikas are often drawn on car windows and mailboxes nearby the fraternity’s house.”
  33. November 25, 2015 – CALVIN COLLEGE – a swastika and the words “white power” were scrawled late Sunday night in the snow on a car windshield.
  34. November 23, 2015 – VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY – A swastika is drawn in on a bathroom in Nevins Hall.
  35. November 22, 2015 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK – A swastika and anti-Semitic language was drawn on three female residents’ dry erase board. This is the third hate bias incident to occur in the past two months.
  36. November 15-18, 2015 – UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA – A rash of antisemitic stickers and fliers swept through campus November 15 – November 18, 2015. On November 15, Central Florida Future newsstand near Tower IV was defaced with a sticker that showed the Star of David and the words “1%” and “Bankers” underneath, and a second sticker that had a swastika on a flag with a message calling for an Israel boycott,. The same day, a residence assistant for on-campus housing reported antisemitic vandalism on her building’s bulletin board where one sticker had a swastika and the others contained the phrases “Muh Holocaust” and “Truth is Treason In the empire of lies.” Also that same day, an officer responded to a call about anti-Semitic stickers placed on a community mailbox on Libra Drive. A resident assistant for on-campus housing had removed the “anti-Jewish” stickers and provided them to UCF PD, according to a report. On November 16, a resident assistant for Towers, contacted UCF PD to report the presence of anti-Semitic stickers on the bus stop in front of Tower III. The stickers had swastikas on them. Earlier that day, a sticker with a Star of David and the phrase “1 percenters” was found on a street sign near the intersection of East Plaza Drive and Gemini Boulevard. The sticker was removed before a police report was filed. On November 18, Executive Director and CEO of Hillel of Central Florida Aaron Weil contacted police regarding anti-Semitic stickers on the organization’s front door and two others on a nearby newsstand.
  37. November 12, 2015 – FORDHAM UNIVERSITY – A swastika and white supremacist reference were found on a bathroom dispenser in Lowenstein Center on the Lincoln Center campus.

  38. November 9, 2015 – HARVARD LAW SCHOOL – A swastika was drawn on a classroom table at Harvard Law School several days after a controversial lecture by a former senior legal counsel of the Israeli military.
  39. November 4, 2015 – MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY – A swastika was found drawn in to a desk in Dickson Hall.
  40. October 2015 – FRAMINGHAM UNIVERSITY – A Swastika is etched onto a private vehicle.
  41. October 2015 – CLARK UNIVERSITY – A swastika is found in a study room.
  42. October 2015 – BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITYSwastikas are drawn on a sign a Jewish student put on his door as an apology for not being able to open his home to guests after he had been the victim of theft.
  43. October 31, 2015 – UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK – A swastika drawn in black marker was found on a dry erase board in Cumberland Hall, and residents reported additional swastikas on two fliers and a poster near the elevator.
  44. October 24, 2015 – UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – Residential Life staff found feces smeared in the shape of a swastika on the floor and wall of a bathroom in Gateway Hall.
  45. October 19, 2015 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY – A swastika drawing was found inside a bathroom.
  46. October 10, 2015 – TOWSON UNIVERSITYAntisemitic slurs of “Hitler was right” and “With Jews you lose” were written on a chalkboard in the middle of campus. Towson University last had antisemitic graffiti in an incident just prior to Yom Kippur in 2008 when a dozen students found swastikas drawn on their dorm room message boards. Half of the boards were hanging on the doors of rooms belonging to Jewish students.
  47. October 10, 2015 – UC DAVIS – Vandals carved swastikas and “Expletive Jews” into 2 cars and slashed the tires of eight cars parked on the UC Davis campus.
  48. September 20, 2015– FORDHAM UNIVERSITY A backwards swastika was found in Lalande Residence Hall at Rose Hill.
  49. September 2015 – NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY – A man entered the Center for Gender Equality building and wrote lewd antisemitic and other comments in chalk on the wall. As the SC Daily Press reported, “the center actually has to repaint the wall, because “the pressure the individual used was sufficient enough” to remain after washing with soap and water.”
  50. June 2015 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITYSwastikas and one other Nazi symbol were discovered in the dirt on the windows of Ryan Field stadium’s North Tower, before commencement on Friday, June 19, 2015 at about 2:15 in the morning.
  51. June 2015 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY – Construction workers found anti-Semitic and racist graffiti at the construction site of the new Kellogg School of Management building Monday, police said. The graffiti, which has been categorized as a hate crime, was spray-painted onto walls, floors and construction equipment at the site sometime between 3 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Monday.
  52. May 2015 – ROWAN UNIVERSITY – According to the Daily Journal, swastikas were previously drawn in chalk on a sidewalk at the school “during the last school year”, interpreted to be around May 2015.
  53. May 2015 – DREXEL UNIVERSITY – A Jewish student at Drexel discovered a swastika and the word “Jew” written near an Israeli flag displayed outside his dorm room earlier this week.
  54. April 2015 – UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDASwastikas were carved into the walls of a Jewish student’s apartment at a student housing complex across from campus
  55. April 2015 – STANFORD UNIVERSITY – The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house was spray-painted with swastikas on Saturday night, April 25, 2015.
  56. April 2015 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Two more incidents were later discovered when police investigated the first incident on April 11th. University Police Deputy Chief Dan McAleer said police found a swastika drawn in pencil in a third floor study room. Police also found a Star of David drawn in ink pen on the walls of a different third-floor study room. McAleer said the image might have previously been a swastika
  57. April 2015 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY – A swastika was found in the men’s fourth-floor restroom at University Library on April 11. The graffiti was written in pencil and the police were able to remove it.
  58. April 2015 – UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI– Two consecutive incidents of antisemitism: a swastika, the Illuminati symbol, and the word “heil” were drawn in ash on the wall on April 9. The graffiti was cleaned from the wall that day by residential life staff members. On the evening of April 10, another swastika and the words “You’ve been warned” were discovered in the same area. See incident on April 11th.
  59. April 2015 – FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY – A swastika was keyed into a car of a student. This is the second swastika incident in the school year (other incident was December 2014).
  60. March 2015 – FARLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY – In a Jewish Link New Jersey article describing how the only Israeli flag on campus was torn, the author notes an email in which one person exclaimed, “Just to add to the overall picture of bias crimes on campus, last week, I found a swastika drawn on the bulletin board outside my office in Bancroft Hall—yet again.”
  61. March 2015 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITYSwastikas were drawn on a dry-erase board in the common space of the International Village dorm. President Joseph Aoun wrote in an email to students, “I condemn this hateful act of anti-Semitism in the strongest possible terms.”
  62. March 2015 – TUFTS UNIVERSITYSwastikas were found on several cars at a fraternity house on campus on Packard Avenue. This is the fourth antisemitic incident at the university in less than two years.
  63. March 2015 – SUNY PURCHASE COLLEGE – Multiple swastikas were painted in a SUNY Purchase College dorm room. According to a Hillel email, “the vandalism was [on] doors and a stairwell. Within 12 hours, university President Thomas Schwarz issued a statement reiterating that ‘prejudice of any form has no place in our community.'”
  64. March 2015 – UC BERKELEY Swastikas are common at UC Berkeley as a student explains, “We still find anti-Semitic slogans written on bathrooms. We see swastikas on doors still, but they’re kind of dismissed. They’re painted over because there are just so many things that happened. A lot of students find swastikas and come to me. [They see it] on dorms, on bathroom stalls, just random places on campus.”
  65. March 2015 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY – Another posting of a swastika was found at International House, this time on the bulletin board of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.
  66. March 2015 – VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY – Two swastikas were spray-painted in the elevator of the Tau Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house, and another swastika was painted on a basement door.
  67. March 2015 – CUNY JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICESwastikas were scrawled in bathrooms and in a classroom
  68. February 2015 – CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITYSwastikas were drawn on the university’s Main Classroom building, coinciding with scribbling on Israel in the defacing of a world map on the first floor.
  69. February 2015 – GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY – Three swastikas were drawn on the floor of a residence hall, International House, where members of the historically Jewish sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi, resided.
  70. February 2015 – UC BERKELEY – On February 4, a swastika was found graffitied on a university-owned building on University Avenue.
  71. January 2015 – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS – A Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, was defaced with swastikas on Shabbat.
  72. December 2014 – FRAMINGHAM UNIVERSITY – A swastika was found carved into a student’s door at Horace Mann Hall.
  73. December 2014 – TUFTS UNIVERSITYSwastikas were found spray-painted on a Tufts University building for the third time in nearly two years. Local youths were eventually found to have caused this incident. The suspect were eventually caught and tried in juvenile court.
  74. November 2014 – EMERSON COLLEGE – In three separate occasions, swastikas appeared. A swastika was found scrawled on a bulletin board. Another swastika was discovered the following week, followed the next day by swastikas found scrawled on the door jams of every residential floor laundry room with the word “heil” accompanying one of the swastikas.
  75. November 2014 – NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITYSwastikas were drawn on two fliers posted on campus to publicize a lecture by an Israeli military official. President Aoun sent a strong letter to the community which stated, “Let there be no doubt: we have absolutely no tolerance for anti-Semitism, prejudice, and hate crimes of any kind, including this incident. The Northeastern University Police Department is in possession of evidence related to this act and is actively investigating the case.”
  76. October 2014 – KEAN UNIVERSITY – Swastikas were drawn outside a Jewish student’s dorm room door.
  77. October 2014 – UC BERKELEY – On October 14, a swastika was found on the exterior of a campus building.
  78. October 2014 – YALE UNIVERSITY – Three swastikas were chalked on the sidewalk outside of Durfee Hall on the Old Campus.
  79. October 2014 – EMORY UNIVERSITY – Swastikas were spray painted on the front of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house. Swastikas were also found spray painted on a stone wall outside of the Kappa Alpha fraternity house after the end of the Jewish holy holiday, Yom Kippur.
  80. September 2014 – YALE UNIVERSITY – Swastikas were drawn on a whiteboard in a freshman dorm.
  81. September 2014 – EMORY UNIVERSITYSwastikas were found on Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.
  82. September 2014 – EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY – A swastika was painted on the door of a Greenville apartment housing a Jewish student.
  83. July 2014 – UNIVERSITY OF OREGONMailboxes at a Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, were spray painted with swastikas.
  84. June 2014 – TUFTS UNIVERSITY – Swastikas were painted on the exterior of the Granoff Family Hillel Center.
  85. April 2014 – UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA – Nearly a dozen swastikas were found carved into the walls of an off-campus housing apartment complex housing students right near the university.
  86. January 2014 – NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY – a swastika was scratched into a student’s car in what university police labeled a hate crime.
  87. April 2013 – TUFTS UNIVERSITY – Swastikas were painted on campus athletic fields.