Sacramento State Outraged Over Anti-Muslim Messages on Campus

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SACRAMENTO --

Sacramento State administrators are investigating a hateful message that was directed at the university's Muslim community.

The message was written on an unattended signup sheet for the Muslim Student Association at a table in the campus quad, according the Sac State police.

Police tell FOX40 the incident, while disturbing, did not involve vandalism or threats. Therefore it was not considered a crime. That is why it is being investigated by administrators, not police.

Sac State President Robert S. Nelsen sent an email Wednesday to the student body, saying he was heartbroken and angered over the hateful message. A portion of his email reads:

"We are a Hornet family, and we will not stand for this kind of treatment of our family members. We are investigating the incident and reviewing video footage of the area. We will not tolerate hateful and racist behavior on this campus, and we will pursue sanctions against those who are identified. We have a choice in how we treat each other, and every person on this campus deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. As I have stated before, I believe in the value of free speech and the opportunity to disagree with each other, but in our disagreement, we must treat each other with care and foster an environment of inclusion and belonging."

President Nelson's message can be read in its entirety, here.

The Muslim Student Association issued the following statement Wednesday night:

"We appreciate the response by President Nelson and school faculty. We don't believe this incident reflects our student body. We are a campus that celebrates our diversity. The Muslim Community is facing challenges during this election season and we plan to hold educational programs to clarify misconceptions and have frank conversations."

Students on campus Wednesday said hate speech does not at all reflect the character of the campus, which they described as a very welcoming and diverse community.