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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Vandals hit the University of Iowa, and they hit with apparent racist messages.

Now, the vandalism is being looked at as a hate crime by the University Police Department.

A message was sent out to students last night by University President Bruce Harreld, to notify them of the situation.

University police tell me it all started when a concerned staff member called to report the vandalism.

 "It is kind of shocking," said Sarah Barsness, a student.

We are told it all started with a message carved into a campus door.

It happened on the inside of a bathroom door in Spence Laboratories.

Some students say they aren't surprised.

"I've definitely heard some things actually around campus even in lectures and even in discussions I've attended I've heard people say things about certain races," said Uzair Ahmed, a student at the university.

Racist comments are not something any of the students we talked to will stand for.

"If that's your opinion maybe the bathroom door is the best place for it, but we don't want it here," Tanner Hartsock told us.

Although the students are disappointed it happened, they appreciate the way it was handled.

 "What the president is doing, his reaction was very appropriate I think it shows he does not stand for this type of negativity around campus," said Ahmed.

Students tell us they expect repercussions for whoever did this.

 "I think whoever did that should definitely pay for their actions," said Hartsock.

Since the vandalism is being investigated as a hate crime, I'm told charges can be pursued once the university find out who is behind this.

University Police say tips from the public are important to their investigation.

Contact the University of Iowa Police if you have any information.

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