Stanford University investigating noose found on campus

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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: