Stanford University has launched an investigation into how a noose ended up tied to a tall bush near a residence for summer students over the weekend, university staff said in a statement.
The noose, which university leaders stated "has no place on our campus," was found on the night of July 12 near a residence for students taking summer classes, according to the statement. Deputies from the university's Department of Public Safety reported that it was a 3-foot-long white rope, about a quarter-inch to one-third of an inch in diameter, with a loop at one end.
A student who took a photo of the noose and shared it on Twitter said deputies took more than an hour to respond to her 911 call Friday night.
The matter has been deemed a suspicious circumstance and could be a hate crime pending the investigation, according to the university's statement.
"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," the statement said.
"While we await further conclusions from the investigation, we deeply appreciate that a noose is recognized today as a symbol of violence and racism directed against African American people," university President Marc-Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell said in a "Notes from the Quad" blog post on Wednesday.
Stanford leaders stated that the university's Acts of Intolerance office is also taking action but didn't detail those efforts.
Anyone with information that could aid in the investigation is asked to call the Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413.