Tufts University police have opened an investigation into the theft of a mezuzah from the doorpost of a Jewish student’s dorm room.

The student at the Massachusetts university was woken up on September 4 after he heard laughter and “indications of potential vandalism” coming from just outside his room. When he went to check later that morning, he discovered that his mezuzah had been stolen, according to an email written by Tufts President Anthony Monaco.

"Regardless of intent, the removal of this important symbol of Jewish faith is anti-Semitic and has caused harm,” Monaco wrote. “All members of our community should feel comfortable displaying and expressing their faith, and all members of our community should respect those displays and expressions. We are all responsible to each other.”