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. 

They will donate extra funds to Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, and JCC SLO, a local Jewish Federation that plans to fund a Jewish Learning Festival. 

Original Story 

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.” 

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.

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