STANFORD, Calif. (KTVU) - Stanford University on Tuesday said it launched an investigation into the discovery of a noose hanging from a small tree on campus over the weekend.
According to the university, the noose was reportedly found near a residence hall where summer students were staying.
In a statement, Stanford said the incident is being investigated as a "suspicious circumstance, but if additional evidence comes to light, it may be re-classified as a hate crime."
Full statement from the university:
This weekend, Stanford Department of Public Safety responded to a report of what was described as a noose near a residence for summer students. Deputies found a white rope, approximately three-feet long and 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch in diameter, with a loop at one end, suspended from a tall bush. The incident is currently under investigation as a suspicious circumstance, but if additional evidence comes to light, it may be re-classified as a hate crime.
We are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413. In addition, Stanford's Acts of Intolerance office, which addresses situations involving acts of intolerance reported by campus community members, has been notified and is responding.
While we await further conclusions from the investigation, we feel it is important to state that a noose is recognized as a symbol of violence and racism directed against African American peoples. Such a symbol has no place on our campus. Our community values affirm the dignity of all peoples and call upon us to strive for a just community in which discrimination and hate have no presence.