Swastikas spray-painted at Columbia University professor's office

Swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur were reportedly discovered at the office of a Columbia University professor who has written about the Holocaust, the New York City police said in announcing a hate crime investigation.

The NYPD said Thursday it found swastikas and anti-Semitic words in red spray paint at a room in the Columbia University's Teachers College in the borough of Manhattan on Wednesday.

The department said its hate crime task force was investigating the incident and there were currently no suspects.

The Columbia Daily Spectator, the student newspaper, said the vandalism occurred at the office of Jewish Professor Elizabeth Midlarsky.

"I was in shock," Midlarsky told the newspaper. "I stopped for a moment, because I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

Teachers College President Thomas Bailey issued a statement Wednesday, "We unequivocally condemn any expression of hatred, which has no place in our society."

"We are outraged and horrified by this act of aggression and use of this vile anti-Semitic symbol against a valued member of our community," he said.

Bailey said the college was working with police to "discover the perpetrator of this hateful act."

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Members of the various anti-fascist groups and other protesters yell at police officers on the campus of Michigan State University outside of a Richard Spencer speech in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S., March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith TEMPLATE OUT
A member of the alt-right is escorted by police officers through protesters to the Richard Spencer speech on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S., March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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Members of the various anti-fascist groups and other protesters yell at police officers on the campus of Michigan State University outside of a Richard Spencer speech in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S., March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Members of the various anti-fascist groups and other protesters lock arms together on the campus of Michigan State University outside of a Richard Spencer speech in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S., March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A protester is detained outside of a Richard Spencer speech on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S., March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
A protester holds a sign critical of Richard Spencer the on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S., March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
Members of the various anti-fascist groups and other protesters yell at police officers on the campus of Michigan State University outside of a Richard Spencer speech in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S., March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: Demonstrators clash with police before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: Demonstrators protest outside of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: Demonstrators clash with police before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: A police officer is bloodied after a clash with demonstrators before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: White nationalists clash with counter-demonstrators before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: White nationalists clash with counter-demonstrators before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: White nationalists clash with counter-demonstrators before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: Demonstrators protest outside of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: White nationalists Greg Conte (L) and Matthew Heimbach (C) prepare to attend a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: White nationalist Greg Conte (L) s taken into custody after alt-right advocates clashed with counter-demonstrators before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: White nationalist Greg Conte is taken into custody after alt-right advocates clashed with counter-demonstrators before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: White nationalists clash with counter-demonstrators before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: Police stand guard as white nationalists clash with counter-demonstrators before the start of a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', at Michigan State University on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on Spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - MARCH 05: Demonstrators at Michigan State University protest a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term 'alt-right', on March 5, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. Spencer was granted permission to speak after suing the university which is currently on spring break. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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The Columbia Daily Spectator said Midlarsky's office had previously been vandalized when a swastika was spray-painted on her door and anti-Semitic fliers were left in her mailbox in 2007.

The NYPD declined to comment on if they believed the two instances were related.

The incident comes less than two weeks after someone at Duke University in North Carolina spray-painted a red swastika on a mural honoring the victims of last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre.

And last week, the Cornell Daily Sun reported that three swastikas were reported in nine days at Cornell University's campus in Ithaca, New York.

The FBI reported this month a more than a 17 percent rise in hate crimes across America — the third consecutive year the numbers have increased.

Meanwhile, last month researchers who study social media said they had seen an increase in anti-Semitic posts on Instagram and Twitter ahead of the midterm elections.

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