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U of M Student Arrested in Swastika Incident on Campus

Matthew Paul Gruber Photo: Hennepin County
Matthew Paul Gruber

February 18, 2017 03:08 PM

A University of Minnesota student has been arrested in connection to an anti-Semitic incident on campus. 

University police said in a statement they arrested 18-year-old Matthew Paul Gruber Thursday in connection with a "swastika incident at the 17th Ave. residence hall involving vandalism of a desk in a public area."

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Gruber is being held on charges of criminal damage to property with bias.

The department said in a statement, "UMPD takes incidents and reports of bias related crime very seriously. These cases are comprehensively and completely investigated." 

The university said in a statement, "The University of Minnesota condemns all acts of hate on our campus. We are a community that values respect, inclusion and diversity. Hate is not welcome here." 

Students are asked, "If you experience or witness an act of bias or hate, report it." 

Students can submit a bias incident a number of ways, including calling the university's Bias Response and Referral Network at 612-314-3850 or emailing endbias@umn.edu.

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