An investigation is underway at the University of Calgary after about 40 anti-Muslim posters were found on campus Tuesday morning.
Officials say campus security took immediate action to remove the posters and will be working with police to find out who posted them.
“The University of Calgary is committed to creating a safe and respectful campus for all students, faculty, staff and visitors,” says president Elizabeth Cannon. “These are disturbing, extremely offensive posters that in no way reflect the inclusive, diverse and caring culture of this university. Campus Security took immediate action to remove these posters and will be working with Calgary Police to investigate who posted them. We also have reached out to our Muslim Students’ Association, Ahmadiyya Muslim Students’ Association, Calgary Ismaili Students’ Association, Thaqalayn Muslim Association, Women’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Students’ Association, and our faith and spirituality community to offer support – services are available through our campus Wellness Centre.
Muslim Students’ Association President Umair Tazeem says many students were sad to hear the news of what had happened.
“Because it’s not something we’d ever expect, right?” Tazeem told reporters Tuesday. “And it’s not something we see often, so whenever we do see it, it’s definitely sad to see and it’s definitely unfortunate.”
He and others around the campus say they don’t believe this is indicative of what the feeling on the campus is, but it does dampen the spirit.
Fourth-year student Lobna Al-wadeiah says “there will always be people like that,” but agrees it’s not a reflection of the campus as a whole.
“It was a little bit disheartening because this is our campus, this is our university and you want to feel at home,” she said. “But there’s these little groups of people that feel the need to express their opinions in such extreme ways. But there’s always more calm ways to express your opinions.”
Last month, posters were found at the University of Alberta attacking turban wearing sihks and telling them to go back where they came from.