Update: ACU Police Say Victims Not Pressing Charges in Offensive Fake Parking Ticket Incident

Published 04/08 2014 10:20AM

Updated 04/16 2014 10:26AM

04/16/14 10:11 a.m. Update

The Abilene Christian University Police Department has released a statement announcing they have concluded their investigation into the fake parking tickets that were left on student cars at ACU. The tickets contained racially and sexually offensive material and were discovered to be left by five Hardin-Simmons University students.

ACUPD had been waiting to hear from the victims before any charges could legally be filed, but, according to the statement, the victims have declined to press charges, meaning the investigation has ended from ACUPD's end.

The students are still subject to any punishment imposed through Hardin-Simmons University according to the student handbook.

Below is the statement ACUPD provided:

ACUPD has concluded its investigation into the matter of the fake parking citations found on our campus a few weeks ago. All recipients of the offensive citations have been interviewed by ACUPD and have declined to press charges against the five individuals identified during the course of our investigation. For that reason, there will be no charges forwarded to the local District Attorney's office for consideration.

04/08/14 4:30 p.m. Update

In a letter sent out to faculty, staff and students at Hardin-Simmons University Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., HSU President Dr. Lanny Hall revealed that the perpetrators behind the fake parking tickets found on the cars of Abilene Christian University students in March, and which contained sexually explicit and racist remarks, were all students currently enrolled at HSU.

The letter strongly condemns the actions of these students whose identities have not yet been revealed pending a possible criminal investigation. ACU PD has said they are waiting to see if any of the victims would like to press criminal charges; however, the students still face disciplinary action from HSU in accordance with the student handbook.

Below is the letter sent out by Dr. Lanny Hall:

Dear HSU Faculty, Staff and Students,

I want to let you know that late yesterday I received communication from Dr. Phil Schubert, President of Abilene Christian University, regarding last week’s deplorable incidents of sexually explicit and racially offensive messages distributed on the ACU Campus via fake parking citations.

After a thorough investigation by ACU’s Police Department, ACUPD concluded that five individuals were responsible for these actions, and that none of the five were affiliated in any way with ACU. Upon further efforts to identify these individuals, it has been confirmed that all five individuals are students currently enrolled at HSU.

These shameful actions do not reflect the values, attitudes or character of Hardin-Simmons University. On behalf of HSU, I strongly denounce these actions and wholly reject both the racism expressed in the offensive messages and their sexually offensive nature.

Our hearts go out to the victims and to students, faculty, staff, and administration in the ACU community for the hurt and pain caused by these messages.

As a result of this discovery, the actions of the identified individuals will be immediately investigated through the HSU Office of Student Life and, as appropriate, disciplinary actions addressed through the university’s student misconduct process. Since potential criminal investigation into these actions is ongoing through the Abilene Christian University Police Department, the identities of these individuals will not be publicly released.

Again, on behalf of HSU, we deeply regret the pain that has been caused, and recommit to being an institution that demonstrates the love of Christ through our actions, thoughts and words.

For more information you can look at Hardin-Simmons University's student handbook regarding harassment:


Original Story

Abilene Christian University has released a statement regarding the investigation into who placed the fake parking ticket’s on student’s cars in March that contained sexually explicit and racist messages.

According to the release, all five people involved in the incident have been identified by the ACU Police Department and interviewed.

It was confirmed that none of the individuals involved are affiliated with the university.

Below is the press release sent out by ACU’s Director of Public Relations, Grant Rampy:

I'm writing to update you on the investigation into the recent incident on campus involving fake parking tickets containing sexually explicit and racist messages. Through the hard work of the ACU Police Department (ACUPD), all five individuals involved in this incident have been identified and interviewed by ACUPD. None of the individuals responsible is affiliated in any way with ACU.

I want to thank the ACUPD for the many hours it dedicated to investigating and resolving this matter in a thorough and professional manner. I also would like to express my thanks to those who reported this incident and who provided statements or other information to ACUPD. Chief Jimmy Ellison and his officers will continue the investigation, consult with individual victims and proceed with any applicable criminal charges.

Along with others, I have personally met with many concerned students and it’s my sense that ACU will be a stronger university as a result of this experience. We are committed to continuing the valuable conversations that have taken place in recent days.

As additional information becomes public, let us continue to exhibit a Christ-like spirit in how we treat others. Please lift up in prayer those who have been impacted by or involved in these events.

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