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WORKING WITH APD: Four UT fraternities hit with graffiti, student newspaper reports


5:10 p.m. update: Graffiti of words such as “rapist” and “racist” has appeared on the property of four separate University of Texas fraternity houses, according to a report from The Daily Texan, UT’s student newspaper.Houses where students with Phi Gamma Delta (also known as Fiji) and Pi Kappa Alpha live were tagged with black spray-painted graffiti earlier this week, according to a report from The Daily Texan, UT's student newspaper. Then, on Wednesday, Kappa Alpha and Kappa Sigma Tau students found similar graffiti on their fraternity houses, the paper wrote.  

The Pi Kappa Alpha house was vandalized with the phrase “kill the frats,” the Daily Texan reported. The words “racist” and “rapist” were written on Kappa Alpha’s pillars, the same words that appeared on Fiji’s fraternity house pillars earlier this week. 

At the Kappa Alpha house, “up security like Fiji did” was written on the front door, social media posts from students show. "Hang rapists" was written on the Kappa Sigma Tau house wall.

Earlier: University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves issued a statement Wednesday addressing a recent report of vandalism near campus.

A stone pillar outside the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house near the University of Texas was tagged with the spray-painted words "rapist" and "racist." The members of Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji, had removed it Monday.

“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,” Fenves said in the statement.

The large white mansion that houses the fraternity sits at 27th and Guadalupe streets. 

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.

The fraternity was most recently at the center of 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.


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