police-light-bar1.jpgGraffiti was found on the University of California at Santa Cruz campus recently that threatened violence next week, campus officials said.

The graffiti, found in a bathroom in the Social Sciences 2 building, warned that violence would occur on campus this coming Tuesday, Executive Vice Chancellor Alison Galloway said in a message posted on the university’s website.

Specific details about the graffiti, which was discovered shortly before the school went on winter break in December, were not released. The graffiti has since been removed.

“While we know that graffiti is common on college campuses, the university nonetheless takes threats seriously,” Galloway said in the message. “Erring on the side of caution, I have concluded that it makes sense to share the information…with the campus community.”

Campus officials are developing an operational plan related to the threat and have consulted with off-campus law enforcement personnel on the issue, Galloway said.

Anyone who is aware of suspicious behavior or activity is asked to call the UCSC Police Department at (831) 459-2231. People wishing to remain anonymous can call (831) 459-3TIP or submit a tip online at www2.ucsc.edu/police/crime.html.

The university is also offering services to students and staff seeking help coping with stressful situations.

Students can access support through counseling and psychological services at the Student Health Center by calling (831) 459-2628. People needing a consultation or wanting to refer a distressed student can also call the Student Affairs CARE line at (831) 459-3456.

Staff and faculty can also access counseling support through the university’s employee assistance program at (866) 808-6205.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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