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Chancellor Addresses Vandalism at Reserve

By Chancellor Gary S. May on March 6, 2019 in Current Perspectives

To the UC Davis Community:

We are fortunate to have at UC Davis open space accessible to the public, including the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve along the south edge of the campus. This refuge of wildlife and plants has trails and facilities that are enjoyed by many in our community.

Sadly, in the past few weeks the reserve has also seen a surge of destructive vandalism. I am particularly disturbed that in the most recent incident, in the past few days, someone painted a vile anti-Semitic symbol on a tree in addition to destroying picnic benches.

It should not have to be said, but I will repeat, that such hate has no place in our community.

UC Davis police have already increased patrols in the area and reserve managers are considering additional security measures.

If you have information about any of these incidents, please contact the campus Police Department, phone 530-752-1727.

If you are a student and need advice and assistance, you can contact Student Health and Counseling Services. UC Davis employees can contact the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP). The Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP) assists individuals and campus units to resolve conflicts and complaints related to harassment, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and hate and bias. HDAPP can be reached at 530-747-3864.

Gary S. May

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Chancellor Gary S. May Gary S. May became UC Davis’ seventh chancellor on Aug. 1, 2017. He leads the most comprehensive campus in the University of California system, with four colleges and six professional schools that offer 104 undergraduate majors and 96 graduate and professional degrees.