Boulder police are investigating after a racist slur was written in the snow on a vehicle Thursday in the University Hill area.

Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Aulabaugh said the SUV was parked on Marine Street just east of 11th Street. Aulabaugh said police are still trying to identify and locate the driver of the vehicle, which has out-of-state plates.

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Black Student Alliance tweeted out a photo of the slur and wrote, “disappointed but not surprised.”

Racial tensions have been running high in Boulder and at CU this week after footage of a woman harassing black students with racist language appeared on Twitter over the weekend.

While the incident with the vehicle took place off campus and police have not yet said if the driver was a student, CU issued a response to the Black Student Alliance’s tweet.

“We condemn racism in all forms,” the school wrote, while encouraging those who see similar incidents to report them to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the incident itself is asked to call Boulder police dispatch at 303-441-3333.

Editor’s note: An obscured version of the photo has been attached due to offensive language. The unedited photo can be seen on the Black Student Alliance’s original tweet. Viewer discretion is advised.


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