Update at 1:10 p.m. — Cornell police has released the following statement:
This morning, the Cornell University Police took 6 reports of graffiti at various locations throughout west campus. At this time, we believe that the crimes occurred during the early morning hours today. We responded to one additional report of graffiti on west campus but it was determined to have been older graffiti previously reported to our department and not connected to this morning’s crimes. Each of the 6 cases from today is under criminal investigation and we ask anyone who may have witnessed or has information about these crimes to contact us at 607-255-1111.
ITHACA, N.Y — At least two incidents of graffiti have happened at Cornell since police said Friday that a Cornell fraternity member was charged with attempted rape.
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Wolfgang Ballinger, 21, is charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse. Police said he allegedly lured a woman to a room and sexually assaulted her last Sunday.
A Tompkins County Jail official said Ballinger is still in custody as of Monday afternoon.
Psi Upsilon, the fraternity of which Ballinger was the president of at the time of his arrest, has been placed on interim suspension.
Graffiti on Baker War Memorial Flagpole read, “All frats rape,” but has been removed as of late Monday morning.
On 6 South Avenue, Delta Upsilon — a fraternity unaffiliated with the alleged crime — was also graffitied. The word “Rapist” appeared to be written on a side door of the fraternity.
A Cornell University police officer responded to the scene around noon Monday before it was pressure washed off the door.
In an emailed statement released Sunday afternoon, Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett said the following about the allegations against Ballinger:
“I am deeply disturbed by the allegations of sexual assault involving the president of Psi Upsilon. Sexual violence has no place at Cornell, and if these allegations are substantiated, those involved will be held accountable. When we were notified of these allegations on Monday, February 1, Psi Upsilon was immediately placed on interim suspension pending the conclusion of a full investigation. Although I applaud the swift actions of the Interfraternity Council (IFC) to mandate additional training for its members, we will be considering what additional steps should be taken to ensure the Greek community at Cornell is living up to our institutional standard of excellence and respect for others.”
The Cornell Media Relations department did not respond to request for comment by publication time, but said they are working to gather more information about the graffiti incidents.
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