Viterbo University investigating threatening, racist messages left Monday

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Threatening and racist messages were found early Monday morning written on the doors of a women’s restroom in a Viterbo University campus residence hall, according to Rick Trietley, Viterbo University Executive Vice President of Student Success.

The incident is being investigated by local law enforcement and the university.

“We are working with the La Crosse Police Department and a forensic handwriting expert to examine evidence from the incident this week as well as the previous incidents this semester. We have installed additional security cameras, added security personnel on campus, held multiple campus listening sessions, and undertaken numerous other initiatives in response to these incidents,” said Trietley in a statement. “The Viterbo community is united in denouncing all forms of hate and discrimination. Hateful and disgusting incidents like these will not be tolerated.”

Anyone with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Viterbo campus security.

There have been several vandalism incidents at Viterbo this year.

Trietley said in March that he does not believe the incidents are connected and they do not represent Viterbo.