That’s not how you hang in the quad.
Stanford University is investigating a possible hate crime after a noose was found outside of a dormitory.
The noose was discovered around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday outside the undergrad residence Branner Hall and was reported to the school’s public safety department.
Campus police launched a hate crimes investigation and are trying to find suspects and narrow down when the noose was placed in the tree, but it’s not clear if any security camera footage exists, according to the school’s Protected Identity Harm Reporting website.
School officials said it was the second time a noose has been found on the campus since November, according to the Stanford Daily, a student-run newspaper.
“We cannot state strongly enough that a noose is a reprehensible symbol of anti-Black racism and violence that will not be tolerated on our campus. As a community, we must stand united against such conduct and those who perpetrate it,” Susie Brubaker-Cole, the school’s vice provost for student affairs, and Patrick Dunkley, vice provost for institutional equity, access and community, wrote in a statement to the newspaper.
The incident earlier this year occurred when a student saw two cords hanging from a tree on a walking trail but investigators were unable to determine if it was a noose or a disused swing or ladder.
The school previous investigated two similar incidents but could not determine whether or not they were racist gestures and no arrests were made.
The academic institution is located in Palo Alto, Calif.