Anti-Semitic and Hateful Flyers Appearing on Campus and in the Community
February 20, 2022 7:17 PM

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

This weekend has brought multiple reports of anti-Semitic and hateful flyers being dropped in different locations on and around campus inside plastic bags filled with small rocks.

These messages are offensive, outrageous and they represent unacceptable attacks on members of our Jewish community. They are antithetical to our university values of inclusion and tolerance, and they are another disheartening example of the kind of anti-Semitic acts and expressions that are too common in our nation and right here in the community where we all live, learn and work.

The University of Illinois Police Department (UIPD) is seeking information to identify the individual or individuals responsible. If you have any information or think you have camera footage that might be helpful, I encourage you to reach out immediately to UIPD by phone (217-333-1216) or email (

Sneaking around and delivering hateful, hurtful and racist messages in little plastic sandwich bags filled with gravel is a cowardly and craven way to spew hate and division in our community.

But I am so very proud that, time after time, here at Illinois during these past couple of very, very hard years, our students, staff and faculty come together at their very best when it is time to take care of one another.

I ask that we all come together once again to show that the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a place where people of all faiths, races, gender identities, ethnicities, national origins and viewpoints can live, learn and thrive.


Robert J. Jones

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