Authorities are investigating after a noose was found on the Stanford University campus this week, school officials said.
The noose was found hanging from a tree Sunday night near the Branner Hall dormitory, wrote Vice Vice Chancellor for Students Susie Brubaker-Cole and Vice Vice Chancellor for Institutional Justice, Access and Community Patrick Dunkley in a letter sent to the Stanford community.
Hanging a noose is a hate crime under California law and is punishable by a maximum fine of $ 5,000 and up to one year in county jail.
The rope used in the incident was reportedly one of several that were tied to a tree a few years ago as part of a student play and were never removed, according to a summary obtained from the school The process of protected identityin which Stanford students may report racist or discriminatory incidents.
“Tonight it was discovered that one of the ropes was made into a loop,” the report said.
According to the summary, the loops were previously discovered on campus in 2019 and 2021.
The school’s public safety department responded to the scene and removed the noose, leaving it as evidence.
In their letter, Brubaker-Cole and Dunkley described the discovery as “horrible” and said it would “shake our community.”
“We cannot say firmly enough that the noose is a condemnatory symbol of anti-Black racism and violence that will not be tolerated on our campus,” the vice-chancellors wrote. “As a community, we must be united against such behavior and those who commit it.”
Brubaker-Cole and Dunkley called on all those with information about the incident to speak out, writing that it was their “moral responsibility.”
They also referred students affected by the incident to mental health resources.