Update Feb. 7, 2021
The San Luis Obispo Police Department (SLOPD) is treating vandalism of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house as a hate crime, according to Sgt. Trevor Shalhoob.
SLOPD has not caught the vandal, but they are checking nearby bushes and trash cans for evidence such as spray-paint cans, and investigating the neighborhood for witnesses. A SLOPD detective team will continue investigating the case on Monday, Shalhoob said.
The fraternity started a GoFundMe to remove the vandalism and buy a security camera, and exceeded their goal of $1,300 in less than an hour.
Last night, swastikas and anti-Semitic remarks were spray-painted on and in front of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house — a Jewish-affiliated organization.
“We do not tolerate or condone this behavior,” Alpha Epsilon Pi wrote in a statement on Instagram. “Our chapter and the entire Jewish community stand together proudly against those who are uneducated and those who encourage hateful acts.”
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The vandal is unknown, but the San Luis Obispo Police Department is investigating the crime, according to a campus-wide email from Cal Poly administration.
The hate crime was committed during the Shabbat, a day of rest and religious practice lasting from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday.
The fraternity asked the community to support them by educating others on increases in anti-Semitism, they wrote in the Instagram post.
“Behavior that promotes any form of hate and seeks to make members of our community feel unsafe and unwelcome — especially in their own home — has absolutely no place in our community,” the campus-wide email read.