LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police are investigating after someone sprayed painted graffiti near the entrance to the University of Louisville's LGBT Center. 

According to a letter from university officials, it happened during spring break. The offensive language has since been removed and police have been notified. 

Below is a copy of the letter sent to U of L students and staff:

Dear students, faculty and staff,

During Spring Break, someone spray painted derogatory and threatening language against our LGBT community on the plaza in front of the Red Barn, near the entrance to the LGBT Center.

Immediately upon discovering the graffiti, university officials notified the UofL Police Department and Physical Plant employees removed the offensive language. If you have any information about this crime, please call the ULPD at 502-852-6111.

This and similar incidents strike at the heart of our institution. Our students, faculty and staff have worked hard to build an environment in which we embrace our differences and support and learn from one another.  One of the notable outcomes of our efforts is that UofL has been cited as the most LGBT-friendly university in the South and among the most supportive in the nation.

We have come too far to allow the actions of a few to distract from the outstanding work and contributions of our LGBT faculty, staff, students and allies.

For those who would like more information about the LGBT Center or who want to support our students as allies, please visit: http://louisville.edu/lgbt.