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Last night, symbols and messages of hate were painted on the Rock. Interim Chancellor Wayne T. Davis and members of his leadership team are aware of this incident and are actively engaged in discussions about how to support and protect our students.

This is the second time in as many weeks that the Rock has been used to communicate hate. These messages, which are hurtful and threatening to many members of our community, do not represent our Volunteer values.

The safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff is the university’s number one priority. The UT Police Department has increased surveillance, campus-wide, as a response to these incidents.

We encourage anyone who needs support to seek out the many resources available to you. The 974-HELP line is available to students in distress 24/7, as well as 946-CARE for faculty and staff. Additionally, students can receive support and access to resources by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students and the Student Counseling Center.

Media coverage: News Sentinel, Travis Dorman, Nov. 11; WATE, Nov. 11; WVLT, Nov. 12; Fox Chattanooga, Nov. 11; WBIR, Nov. 11; WRCB, Nov. 11; WBIR, Sean Franklin, Nov. 12; WATE, Elizabeth Kuebel, Nov. 12