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UW-W creates reward fund in wake of recent hate crimes

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Kevin Hoffman
November 18, 2010
— UW-Whitewater created a reward fund Wednesday in an attempt to gain traction in the investigation of recent hate crimes on and off campus.

University Police Chief Matt Kiederlen and UW-W Chancellor Richard Telfer alluded to a fund during Tuesday's staff meeting, but Telfer said details were incomplete.


Police have not made any arrests related to three hate crimes over the past two months, and Kiederlen said they likely never would unless someone provides information.


Contributions can be made to the UW-Whitewater Reward Fund at either Commercial Bank of Whitewater or First Citizens Bank of Whitewater, according to a news release.


"I am grateful to the community members for their willingness to assist us in solving these crimes that have deeply affected our campus community," Telfer said in a statement. "We hope that the offer of a reward will encourage anyone who has information about these incidents to come forward."


Three cars owned by black students were vandalized Nov. 8 with "KKK" spray painted down the vehicles.


Earlier this semester, two female students were assaulted for their perceived sexual orientation.


The campus hosted a rally against hate and student organizations have met with university officials to determine other ways to respond. A "Sing Against Hate" event is scheduled Monday at the University Center.


Tips on the crimes can be reported to UW-Whitewater police at (262) 472-4660 or Crime Stoppers at (262) 723-2677. Callers can remain anonymous.



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