Suspect in posting of anti-Semitic, homophobic posters on U. of C. campus, named, charged

Staff Writer

Matthew Urbanik ,21, of Schaumburg, Ill. has been named as the individual caught putting up offensive posters on the University of Chicago (U. of C.) campus. The posters, of anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic nature, were discovered on March 10, the same night U. of C. police caught Urbanik with spray paint and posters on the campus. He was warned at the time that he could be banned from the campus for his actions but was released. The U. of C. Police refused to comment on the incident at that time.

Urbanik has now reportedly been charged with one count of Felony Criminal Damage to Property and has been barred from all property connected with the U. of C. As a private institution, the university has the legal right to ban individuals it considers “likely to engage in criminal activity a violation of university policy or conduct that is or may be reasonably be deemed to be threatening, disruptive or violent.” He is not a student at the university or connected with its operation in any way.

In a letter from faculty sent to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer, Provost Daniel Diermeier and Vice Provost Melissa Giliiam immediately after the incident, the severity of the response of the U. of C. Police was examined and further action was asked to be considered.