Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff of Texas State University,
As we prepare to depart for the summer break, the University Police Department(UPD) would like to provide you an update on some important campus investigations.
Over the past year there have been 14 separate incidents of racist flyers being posted on the San Marcos campus. Of these, 10 involved similar images. UPD has been working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) who has documented 346 cases where white supremacists groups have used fliers, stickers, and posters on 216 college and university campuses across the United States. See www.adl.org for more information. UPD has also reviewed countless hours of video footage to identify the persons responsible for posting these racist flyers.
Earlier this year, UPD’s foot patrols received a tip regarding the posting of unauthorized racist flyers. UPD and the San Marcos Police Department detained five individuals who were in possession of racist flyers and admitted to posting them on the San Marcos campus. These flyers included similar images and content that had been previously posted on the San Marcos campus. We believe these individuals are responsible for a majority of the incidents on campus. The individuals were not Texas State students and admitted to being affiliated with white supremacy organizations at the time of their detainment. As abhorrent as the content of the flyers was to our Bobcat community, there were no laws violated and no arrests could be made. However, because they were on campus without permission to post flyers, a violation of our Texas State policy regarding posting of literature, the five individuals were issued criminal trespass warnings. These written warnings prohibit them from returning to any property owned by Texas State University, and they are subject to arrest should they return. We continue to monitor the campuses for these activities and to our knowledge no other similar flyers have been reported on either of our campuses.
In another unrelated situation, there were several bomb threats issued in the fall on the San Marcos campus. The bomb threats were communicated to Texas State University contract employees via text messages threatening the LBJ Student Center and Jones Dining Hall. A joint investigation involving the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the University Police Department was conducted. Several suspects and witnesses were identified and interviewed. We believe these threats originated from the same suspects, and the joint investigation is still ongoing.
The university has invested additional resources to provide for the safety of the faculty, staff, and students to include increased foot and bike patrols, upgrading and adding Blue Call phones, and additional video surveillance equipment. The administration continues its practice of walking the campus at regular intervals throughout the year to inspect and improve campus lighting, along walkways, and garages.
We remain vigilant to protect our campuses from any threats to the sense of safety and security.