Syracuse University had reports of derogatory graffiti targeting African Americans, Native Americans and Asians. Photo: Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

At least four hate incidents, some racist and some anti-semitic in nature, occurred on college campuses across the country this week, as educational institutions try to handle the reports, per CNN.

The big picture: Hate crimes spiked to a 16-year high in 2018, according to the FBI's annual report. College campuses are no exception to racist and anti-semitic incidents, especially following the 2016 election, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

What's happening:

  • Syracuse University recently had multiple reports of derogatory graffiti targeting African Americans, Native Americans and Asians. Four students were suspended for verbally assaulting an African American student last week, the university's chancellor announced on Wednesday.
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is investigating posts from a private Snapchat discussion that became public. The posts feature an image of a burning cross at an apparent Ku Klux Klan rally along with hateful comments toward the university's black male empowerment group.
  • Iowa State's president emailed students about a swastika etched into a door of a college dorm room and racist stickers and posters were found on light poles and bus stop signs.
  • A University of Georgia student reported that her historically Jewish sorority's letters from her residence hall door were torn off and replaced with "All Heil" and a swastika, the university confirmed.

By the numbers: The Department of Education disclosed 1,250 hate crimes reported in 2016 on college and university campuses, up 25% from the year prior.

Go deeper:

Go deeper

20 Republican former U.S. attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump "a threat to the rule of law"

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
Updated 32 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Politics: Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse — The swing states where the pandemic is raging.
  2. Health: The coronavirus is starting to crush some hospitals — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter coronavirus threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes cable and satellite TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota COVID cases traced to 3 Trump campaign events.
  6. World: Unrest in Italy as restrictions grow across Europe.

Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.