Santa Clara Univ. Students Accused Of Writing Inflammatory Statements In Blood

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Santa Clara University officials said this week that they have identified students responsible for vandalism at a student housing building, including some apparently drawn with their blood in an elevator.

In a letter to the university community on Wednesday, vice provost for student life Jeanne Rosenberger said investigators identified the students who may be responsible for the vandalism early Saturday at the Casa Italiana building, which also included inflammatory writing on a bulletin board.

Leaked surveillance video that purports to show the students vandalizing the inside of an elevator at the residence hall was posted to YouTube via the video-sharing website

The video shows two young men enter the elevator, talking as both of the men noted something on their hands. As they continue to talk, they also make note of something on one of their knees. The two men proceed to wipe the substance — presumably blood — on the wall of the elevator.

While they take some care in exactly how they wipe the substance on the wall, the video does not show what kind of figures or writing the men made before leaving the elevator.

The students’ names were not immediately released.

“Following the investigation, there will be a university conduct hearing to determine the appropriate sanctions for anyone found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code,” Rosenberger wrote.

The university is also investigating how the  surveillance video from the elevator related to the case was released online, Rosenberger wrote.

The university is holding a forum on Tuesday to discuss the incident and other recent events on campus. The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Mayer Theatre.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Campus Safety Services at (408) 554-4441. People wishing to make an anonymous tip can also visit

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