UNH police offer $1,000 reward for help solving racist incidents

  • In this photo taken Wednesday April 6, 2016 students walk past the historic Thompson Hall at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. The water system serving the University is among more than two dozen in New Hampshire that have exceeded the federal lead standard at least once in the last three years. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Monitor staff
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

University of New Hampshire police are seeking the community’s help – and offering a reward of up to $1,000 – to find the culprits behind a string of recent racially motivated incidents on the Durham campus.

“These are prosecutable crimes which strike at the very fabric of our community, and the University Police Department is committed to holding those responsible accountable for their actions,” UNH police Chief Paul Dean wrote in a statement released to the university community on Tuesday afternoon.

UNH police are looking into three incidents, two of which have been previously reported. In one, swastikas were found Friday scrawled in a stairwell at the Stoke Hall dormitory, and in another, discovered Sunday, a message board on a staff member’s door in Williamson Hall was defaced with the N-word.

UNH police said in the statement Tuesday that they were also investigating a Saturday incident in which a rock was thrown at a student of color riding a bicycle near Congreve Hall, another dormitory.

The incidents are the latest in a string of racially charged moments at UNH, that caused students and administrators to sit down for an explosive three-hour town hall-style event last week to discuss racism on campus.

During the town hall, minority students told administrators to do more to hold racist students accountable.

Police are asking people to report information online at seacoastcrimestoppers.com, by phone at 431-1199 or by texting 274637 and including TIPSCS in the message. The reward may apply if information leads to an arrest or indictment.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)