Authorities are investigating a possible hate crime at Northern Vermont University where a Progress Pride flag was stolen sometime over the weekend. The raising of the flag on the university’s campus was celebrated on Friday as part of NVUnity Presents: Pride Week! Pictures on university social media space show students raising the Progress Pride and the flag flying in the foreground with the American flag on a different pole in the distant background. The Progress Pride flag is based on the original rainbow Pride flag created in 1978 but to reflect the diversity within the LGBTQ community. The information noted online about the NVUnity club states, “The sole purpose of NVUnity is to help people not feel alone and have a safe space on campus. It is an all-inclusive club where everyone is welcome. It’s not designed to be an LGBTQ+ exclusive club–people of different cultures, religions, ethics, and races are welcome to every club meeting.” NVU Dean of Students Jonathan Davis said the NVUnity group was recently recognized by the NVU student government association, and the flag-raising was one of the final events for a week of Pride events. The pole from which the flag was taken is near the skate park and athletic fields. Davis said the pole was lifted from its base and dropped, and the flag was disconnected and taken.