Graffiti is vandalism and a criminal offence when placed on public or private property without the owners consent. While some consider graffiti to be art, this is not true when the canvas is the University campus.
What constitutes graffiti?
Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. If the graffiti is not removed, it can lead to more damage and create an environment in which crime can thrive. Leaving it implies that this activity is acceptable on our campus and is an open invitation to others.
Graffiti affects everyone:
- Time and money to clean it up.
- Discriminatory or offensive messages hurt individuals and identifiable groups.
- Vandalism makes our University less attractive to visitors, business and investment.
- Property damage and petty crime affect our sense of security and pride in our University.
What can you do to stop graffiti vandalism at the University of Alberta?
Report it to UAPS...
- by calling 780-492-5050 (24 hrs)
If you witness a crime in progress call UAPS immediately at 780-492-5050.
Help us keep our University a beautiful place for all to enjoy.