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The incident is the third targeting black students at UC San Diego in as many weeks. The other incidents were a Compton Cookout party that mocked Black History month and a noose in a library.
The hood was found about 11 p.m. Monday, according to a statement released by school officials. The object appeared to be a white pillowcase that had been crudely fashioned into a hood with a hand-drawn symbol. A rose had also been inserted into the statue's fingers.
The university said an aggressive investigation is under way, including fingerprint and DNA analysis, and vowed to punish the culprits to the fullest extent of the law.
"We will not allow this incident, or any incident, to deter the progress we are making to change and heal our university community," UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox said in the same statement. "We will not tolerate these despicable actions. We stand in firm solidarity with our students and are fully committed to instituting their recommendations. We know these changes will make this university a better place and will help us improve our campus climate."
Anybody with information about the incident is being urged to contact campus police at 858-534-4359.