- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 31, 2016

University of Michigan police were called Wednesday after students reported seeing the phrases “#Stop Islam” and “Trump 2016” scrawled in chalk at several locations on campus.

A student tweeted a photo of the chalkings on Wednesday. Police responded that evening to document the messages, MLive reported.

“We will continue to monitor campus and work with our campus partners to ensure our students have a safe environment to live, learn and dialogue,” said Diane Brown, U-M Division of Public Safety and Security public information officer.

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said several reports were also filed with the school’s bias response team.

“Attacks directed toward any member or group within the University of Michigan community, based on a belief or characteristic, are inconsistent with our values of respect, civility and equality,” the university said in a statement. “We all understand that where speech is free it will sometimes wound. But our message is this: We are fully committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of everyone. Tonight we are reminded there is much work yet to be done.”

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) spoke out against the chalkings and encouraged affected students to speak out.

“We are concerned that these recent anti-Islam and anti-immigrant messages are creating an environment in which some students, teachers and other university faculty members feel unsafe on campus,” said Dawud Walid, the council’s executive director, MLive reported.

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