GORHAM — Police at the University of Southern Maine are investigating a bias incident in which someone wrote hate speech directed at Jews and a swastika on a dry erase board in a Gorham residence hall.

The writing was discovered April 14 and the university administration learned of it Wednesday. A statement from Craig Hutchinson, chief student affairs officer, said the school is committed to maintaining a respectful educational and work environment free of harassment and discrimination.

The school will hold a gathering for students and staff to support those who may feel targeted by this incident of bias or others on Wednesday in Room 113 of Upperclass Hall on the Gorham campus. The meeting will include participation by the Center for Preventing Hate, the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine and USM’s Interfaith Chaplaincy.