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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

University Police Department investigates targeted letter sent to UF Chief Diversity Office

Letter containing racist, antisemitic comments delivered in February

The University Police Department investigated a “concerning” letter sent to UF’s Office of the Chief Diversity Officer Feb. 6, in an case that has since been suspended due to a lack of evidence and information, according to the incident report. 

The letter, postmarked from the Umi Sake House Restaurant in Spokane, Washington, was entitled, “A Bloody Communist Revolution is coming to this Nation and many don’t see it. How we got here.” It spanned topics such as Christianity, Islam and the U.S. government and contained a number of racist and antisemitic remarks, according to the report. 

A handwritten note attached to the letter read, “This diversity agenda will affect you in ways you might not like in the end.” The report notes there was no direct threat made against UF or its administration, but UPD was still compelled to investigate the matter. The same letter was sent to multiple universities in the Southeastern Conference, according to the report. 

In response to a request made Feb. 10, UF released a version of the report that was entirely redacted. UF didn’t release the full incident report in its entirety to The Alligator until Tuesday, following a review by UF’s Office of General Counsel. 

Under Marcy’s Law, the name of the victim in the incident report remained private. 

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Peyton Harris

Peyton Harris is a first-year English major and the News Assistant for The Alligator. She is also a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and spends her free time re-listening to Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers and binging Criminal Minds.

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