So far ten variations of the notes have been found on campus, the first last spring and the most recent on Wednesday. They contain texts such as "Islam is a threat to Finnish culture".
"We became increasingly concerned when one of the notes mentioned the name of a university researcher. When that happened, it became one degree more serious," the Joensuu campus head of security, Heikki Loikkanen, told Yle.
The notes have been found in several university buildings, at information desks and brochure racks. Some have been slipped between the pages of books in the university library and some left beside a library printer.
The researcher named in one note has been involved in activities in aid of immigrants.
No tolerance of racism
Last spring the university contacted police about the notes. Police did not identify who was responsible for writing and distributing them and closed their investigation. Chief Inspector Sami Joutjärvi of the Eastern Finland police says, however, that the case can be reopened.
The Rector of the University of Eastern Finland, Jukka Mönkkönen, told Yle on Wednesday that the university is taking a very dim view of the matter and that it does not tolerate any political or racist propaganda on campus.
Head of Security Heikki Loikkanen said that personnel have been instructed to keep a watch on the situation and to intervene if they see these kinds of notes being distributed or left in university facilities.