UPDATE | White supremacist posters also found on Augusta Tech campus

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Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Augusta Technical College has said inappropriate materials were posted on their campuses with a group that identifies with white nationalistic ideals.

The same materials were found on Augusta University's campus Thursday.

Augusta Technical College said neither the posters or the group represent the principles of inclusion and diversity at Augusta Technical College. The posters have been removed, and any subsequent materials posted on Augusta Tech campuses will also be immediately removed.

The administration encourages the college community of faculty, staff and students to report any sightings of the posters and/or stickers on any of their campuses to Augusta Technical College’s Office of Public Safety at 706.771.4021.


Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

11 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Many students were angry when they found posters and stickers with offensive messages around the Augusta University campus this week.

Nica Odell is a junior at the university and she said people can't believe someone would do this.

"Everybody is just really angry that somebody had the audacity to go around and put it up," Odell said.

This was not the first time similar fliers have appeared at AU. Signs were reported back in November, and sticky residue still covers some of the spots the signs were first found.

The new signs have the name "Identity Evropa" printed on them and are suspected to be tied to the white nationalist group known for tagging at least 30 other college campuses with similar signs.

Odell said the messages promoted on the signs cause an emotional toll on many students, including herself.

"Honestly, I am nervous that it will be worse," Odell said.

Odell said she is glad many of the students at AU are against the messages printed on the signs and won't stand for it.

"Even though there are people who wish I wasn't here and wish that students like me weren't here," Odell said. "There are still students willing to be a community to fall back on."

8:00 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A new batch of posters from a white nationalist group have been found on local college campuses.

The posters were placed by a group called Identity Evropa. They call themselves an American based identitarian organization dedicated to promoting the interests of People of European Heritage, according to the group's Facebook page.

The posters have popped up on both Augusta University and Augusta Tech's campus this week. They have been removed.

Back in Nov. 2016, similar posters were placed on Augusta University's Summerville campus and removed by the school.

Augusta University president Brooks Keel released this statement Thursday afternoon.

 Dear Augusta University Community:


 

I have learned today that once again an outside group that identifies with white nationalist ideologies has placed material on our campus. These posters appear to be part of a broad campaign by the group to solicit support and have been found on over 30 university campuses across the nation, including California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Texas, Illinois, Washington, Massachusetts, and Georgia. The flyers do not represent an exchange of ideas or an opportunity to promote healthy discussion but, instead were designed to intimidate and threaten as well as cause dissension and division on university campuses.

 

The university is working with all appropriate officials to explore the situation and insure the integrity of our campus. We will provide updates as they become available.

I encourage the campus community to report any knowledge of the origin of this activity to the AU Office of Public Safety at 706-721-2911.

 

As members of the Augusta University community, we vehemently reject all forms of racism and bigotry. These concepts are contradictory to the core values we uphold for our community. As an institution, the sentiments expressed by this group are not supported by Augusta University and we abhor the manner in which this group has sought to disrupt the sense of community on our campus.

 

Jaguar Nation is strong because we stand together and because we benefit from the unique contribution of each one of us. Let this now be a moment when we rededicate ourselves to caring for one another and to building an even stronger university. The actions of these individuals will neither diminish our dedication to inclusivity nor weaken the bond we have as Augusta University.

 

We stand together.

Brooks A. Keel, PhD

President

We've reached out to Augusta Tech for comment.

News 12/NBC 26 reporter Tiziana Onstead is following up on this story and will have more tonight at 11.