Student senate members resign over anti-Muslim graffiti

USM students react to anti-Muslim graffiti

GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Two members of the University of Southern Maine Student Senate Executive Board have resigned in connection with the discovery of anti-Muslim graffiti on campus.

The insults were found in the student government offices earlier this week. Officials said it could be prosecuted as a hate crime.

An investigation by campus police is ongoing in an effort to hold the student responsible.

Muslim students packed the student senate Friday afternoon at USM. The students are in an uproar over the discovery of the graffiti discovered in several areas on campus.

The Latin phrase Deus Vult, which means God Wills It, was found on a desk and a wall. The phrase was used by Christians during the Crusades and more recently as an anti-Muslim slur.

Officials said a male student, who was not a member of student government, wrote the words.

Students feel the senate should have issued a public apology.

Campus police plan to send a report to the state attorney general's office for review.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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