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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland Police are investigating two hate bias incidents that occurred over the weekend on campus.

In one incident, police say anti-LGBTQ comments were found on a couple of whiteboards in Queen Anne’s Hall on Friday. Then on Saturday, a student reported to police that anti-LGBTQ statements were overheard the following night.

Then, on Sunday, UMPD responded to La Plata Hall for a swastika that was drawn onto a whiteboard. Police say that incident likely occurred between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Police are reviewing cameras in both locations and interviewing witnesses. Anyone with information on these incidents should contact UMPD at 301-405-3555.

“The University of Maryland Police Department takes these matters very seriously. As our investigations continue, we call on our community for their help. If you have any information, please contact us. We want to hear from you,” said Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas, a spokesperson for UMPD.

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