Category: Messages to Faculty, Messages to Staff, Messages to Students, Messages to the Community

Title: Condemning Antisemitic Graffiti Near Campus

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:

We write today to share information regarding a disturbing report of antisemitic graffiti near campus that we received today through Georgetown’s Bias Reporting System.

Several Georgetown community members reported seeing a swastika painted on the public sidewalk near the intersection of Reservoir Road and 38th Street this morning.

The Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) is coordinating with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to investigate this incident. If anyone has information about this incident, please report it to GUPD at 202-687-4343.

We strongly condemn antisemitism in all its forms, and this act of hatred has no place in our community. We stand together with our Jewish community and its allies. We recognize the effect that this deeply troubling incident has on our community, including the impacts on individual students and employees.

Our highest priority is the safety, security and well-being of our community, and we affirm our long-standing commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and interreligious understanding. We include information below about safety measures and mental and emotional well-being resources:

  • Use the LiveSafe Mobile App. LiveSafe is a personal security system that connects users with GUPD when activated during an emergency situation. The app also allows users to report suspicious activity, request a SafeRide Shuttleor personal escort, and use SafeWalk to share your location.
  • If You See Something…Say Something. Program phone numbers for GUPD, (202) 687-4343, and Georgetown’s EMS responders, GERMS, (202) 687-4357, into your phones. If you are concerned about threatening behavior or are worried about potential violence to the university or someone at Georgetown, contact the Georgetown Threat Assessment Program.
  • Access mental and emotional well-being resources via our Every Hoya Cares online resource center

We encourage anyone who sees evidence of a bias or hate-motivated incident to file a report through the Bias Related Incident Reporting form, accessible online or via the LiveSafe app, or call GUPD at 202-687-4343. Through the Bias Reporting System, Georgetown responds to, tracks and reviews bias-related incidents. Reporting incidents allows the University to quickly provide support to those impacted and hold the appropriate community members accountable for violations of University policy.

We all must stand together and reaffirm our core commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and interreligious understanding.


Rosemary Kilkenny
Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Jay Gruber
Associate Vice President for Public Safety