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April 22, 2013

Police investigation determines reported racial incident at Purdue unfounded

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A police investigation has determined that a possible racial bias incident reported Friday (April 19) at Purdue University had actually been conducted as part of an educational seminar.

Police began their investigation after the words "white supremacy" were found on a mirror inside the Black Cultural Center. The writing was not directly on the mirror, but appeared to be transferred through an adhesive when another object was attached to the surface.

After conducting interviews with various users of the room at the center, police found that an instructor conducting an interactive seminar wrote the words on a large sticky note attached to the mirror during a discussion.

Source: Jeanne Norberg, university spokesperson, 765-491-1460, jnorberg@purdue.edu