Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has its own version of a CrimeStoppers reward: a free semester in exchange for an arrest.
The university on Thursday offered a semester of free tuition and fees for information leading to the arrest of whoever left a note with a racial slur on a student’s door at an on-campus apartment.
SIUE police have been investigating the matter and say it could result in a felony charge.
SIUE announced the reward in an email to students and faculty.
“Neither SIUE nor the Madison County state’s attorney has any tolerance for hate crimes,” the e-mail stated.
SIUE police can be reached at 618-650-3324 or email@example.com.
Students and the women’s studies department responded to the note with The Door Project, which highlights messages of peace and anti-racism.
In the letter, Chancellor Randall G. Pembrook and other administrators promised a plan to ensure “an inclusive and equitable campus.” Points include a response team for hate and bias on campus and counseling and advising for those facing discrimination.