An African-American student was attacked while walking near her UC Davis West Village home early Monday morning, and three men have been arrested in connection with the assault. Two of the three are accused of battery, public intoxication, and committing a hate crime. None of the men are UC Davis students, and a statement from campus administrators clarifies that the victim was able to call the police — resulting in the arrests.
"Acts of bigotry and discrimination have no place in a civilized society and they have no place on our campus," reads the statement singed by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity Adela de la Torre. "A hateful incident directed at any one of us is an unacceptable affront to all of us."
A further statement from the school provides additional information, and notes that the woman was walking near her home at around 3:00 a.m. Monday morning when the attack occurred. Campus Police Chief Matt Carmichael states the attack was not sexual in nature, and that the student did not require medical attention.
This is not the first suspected hate crime to strike the campus of UC Davis. In February of last year, a Jewish fraternity was vandalized with swastikas.
All three suspects in Monday's attack are in their early to mid-twenties, and have been booked in Yolo County jail.