The office of a Jewish professor at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York was spray-painted with two large swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur this week. 

Elizabeth Midlarsky, a psychology and education professor, discovered two large swastikas and the derogatory term scrawled on her office's walls at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Columbia Spectator. 

"I opened the outer door and almost passed out," Midlarsky, who has worked at the teachers college for 28 years, told CNN.


Midlarsky said she reported the incident to security before receiving support from staff. 

"I was so shaky, I wasn't sure I was going to make it," she added. 
CNN reported that the New York City Police Department has launched an investigation into a possible hate crime. 

"We unequivocally condemn any expression of hatred, which has no place in our society," Thomas Bailey, the president of Columbia's Teachers College, said in a statement. "We are outraged and horrified by this act of aggression and use of this vile anti-Semitic symbol against a valued member of our community." 

Bailey said the school is working with police to find the vandal. 

Midlarsky told CNN that her office door at the college was also spray-painted with a swastika in 2007. 

She added that she began receiving hate mail by letter and email that year, which she believed was related to her work as a Jewish activist. 

Midlarsky, who is 77, told the Columbia Spectator that the prior incident was "horrifying but not surprising."

She said this latest one was connected to the broader rise in anti-Semitic crimes.