Iowa State police are investigating posters found on campus early Thursday with messages of white heritage and are asking for help to find more information.
About 20 posters were found on campus, according to an email from Iowa State administrators. The signs included messages such as "white students you are not alone be proud of your heritage," and "In 1950 America was 90 percent white, it is now only 60 percent white. Will you become a minority in your own country?"
Deputy Chief Carrie Jacobs, who leads investigations with ISU PD, said they believe the posters were hung up between midnight and 6 a.m. early Thursday.
Jacobs said they are currently sifting through what access they have around campus to identify leads and trying to narrow down the suspect or suspects.
Jacobs asked that if anyone sees any posters in the residence halls to call police, as signs have only been found on the outside of buildings across campus.
The signs were reported to police by the custodial staff at about 4 a.m. Thursday and are currently being removed if more are found.
Jacobs is also asking that if anyone was on campus early Thursday morning and thinks that they might have seen something suspicious to reach out to the police department.
Iowa State administrators sent an email to the Iowa State community Thursday morning, saying the posters were removed and violated university policy.
"These posters also depict historical references or messages that could evoke feelings of bias or racism. It is our understanding that several universities around the country have recently discovered similar posters on their campuses... As members of the Cyclone Family, we must remain committed to working together toward a more inclusive, respectful and accepting campus."
Student Government President Cole Staudt said he has told his cabinet members that if they see a poster, they should take it down.
"I'm glad to see [the administration is] on top of it this time," Staudt said, adding that he felt the administration was slow to respond after the poster ripping at the 2015 Cy-Hawk game. "Bigger picture, something we can't accomplish overnight is how do we expose our students to different points of view."
Staudt said the posters were "disturbing" and "inappropriate" and meant to spark tension, adding that it is not the way to move forward.
On Thursday afternoon, a "hate wall" was located outside Parks Library as part of an already planned event in "The Awakening Series," which is a three-day event "celebrating, discussing and providing a safe space for multicultural students to express their experiences in United States culture." Some students at the wall were discussing the posters.
Students are writing their experiences with hate and discrimination on a "hate wall" outside Parks Library pic.twitter.com/QRf07YBYbN— Emily Barske (@emilybarske) October 27, 2016
Ngoc Doan, president of the Asain Pacific American Awareness Coalition and an event organizer, said that the posters reflect "a dialog that some students, have but normally don't express." She added that the posters demonstrate the belief that in the year 2016, race and ethnic background don't impact how people are treated is untrue.
Similar posters were found on the University of Iowa campus last week, which administrators denounced as “deeply offensive," The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported.
The Iowa State Police Department can be reached at its non-emergency dispatch number (515) 294-4428.
The Daily's Emily Barske contributed to this story.