Swastika Found on Harvard University Bulletin Board

A university spokesman says the swastika was two or three inches wide and was removed after the student reported it. The ADL says similar incidents have been on the rise at U.S. colleges

Graduating students line up for the 366th Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., May 25, 2017
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Harvard University is investigating after a swastika was found on a school bulletin board. Officials say the symbol was arranged using push-pins and was discovered by a student Thursday at one of the university's public health buildings.

Spokesman Sam Harp said the swastika was two or three inches wide and was removed after the student reported it.

Harvard's police department is investigating. The school said it doesn't know who's responsible.

A statement from Harp says symbols of anti-Semitism and hatred are "anathema to our values" and that Harvard officials were appalled by it.

The Anti-Defamation League says similar incidents have been on the rise at U.S. colleges. The group found that white supremacist propaganda was discovered on campuses 147 times in fall 2017, a threefold increase over the fall before.