Student found responsible in alleged racial incident in Morgan Hall

Two incidents that took place in Morgan Hall are being investigated by Temple Police and the university. | COURTNEY SUMMERS / FILE PHOTO

UPDATE at 3:36 p.m.

Director of Campus Safety Charlie Leone confirmed today that Temple Police identified the student responsible for placing a banana on the door handle of a room in Morgan Hall North. Temple Police are still investigating to see if the act was racially motivated.

The university said in a statement on Friday that students who are responsible for the alleged racially motivated incidents could face criminal charges or punishment for violating the Student Code of Conduct.

Both of the “bias-related” incidents occurred in Morgan Hall North this week, where bananas were left on students door handles.

A room of all Black students had a banana left on their door handle Monday evening in Morgan Hall North. Temple Police is investigating to see if it was racially motivated, according to the university statement.

The second incident where a banana was left at a door in Morgan Hall North happened later this week, said University Housing and Residential Life Director Kevin Williams.

Director of Campus Safety Charlie Leone wrote in an email that Temple Police is “aggressively investigating” the incidents, but could not comment further because the investigation remains active.

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