Statement from University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks Regarding Anti-Semitic Fliers in Davis Library

April 10, 2019

On April 9 and 10, anti-Semitic fliers were found by staff in Davis Library, who immediately reported them to the University’s Department of Public Safety. 

Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskeiwicz wrote to the Carolina community: 

“I am extremely disappointed and appalled that anyone would write these abhorrent messages and direct them toward members of our Jewish community. This behavior conflicts with the University’s long-standing commitment to fostering an environment where all students, faculty and staff can be free from harassment.”

The Library’s leadership and I join the Interim Chancellor in condemning in the strongest possible terms this kind of hate speech. I am especially heartsick that this messaging was placed in a campus library and am grateful to the staff members who acted quickly and professionally as soon as the fliers were discovered. 

Ensuring the safety of the University Libraries’ staff and patrons is always our highest priority. If you experience incidents or behaviors of concern in any campus library, please speak with a library staff member. 


Elaine Westbrooks

Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian

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