The University of Texas president issued a statement Wednesday addressing reports that four separate University of Texas fraternity houses were vandalized — at least three of the houses were spray-painted with the words “rapist” and “racist” — this week.
“At The University of Texas of Austin, we will not tolerate vandalism and threats targeting our students and are actively investigating the recent incidents near campus,” UT President Gregory L. Fenves said in the statement.
Houses where students with fraternities Phi Gamma Delta (also known as Fiji) and Pi Kappa Alpha live were tagged with black graffiti earlier this week,according to a report from The Daily Texan, the university’s student newspaper. Then, on Wednesday, Kappa Alpha and Kappa Sigma Tau students found similar graffiti on their fraternity houses, the paper wrote.
Fenves said the university is working with Austin police to add extra patrols to the neighborhood and will help review video footage as part of the criminal investigation.
“Many students understandably feel concerned and vulnerable. I want them to know we are committed to making UT Austin a safe environment for all of our students,” Fenves said.
Phi Gamma Delta was most at the center of a controversy in 2015 when it held a “border patrol” party, according to complaints filed with the Campus Climate Response Team,the Daily Texan reported at the time.
In that story, the Daily Texan reported that the Dean of Students office was working with Fiji to increase its cultural sensitivity.