Janelle Griffith, NBC News, July 17, 2019
Stanford University is investigating an incident of a noose being found near a campus residence where a group of largely minority high school students were staying for a summer program.
The university said its public safety department found a white rope, about three feet long with a loop at one end, suspended from a tall bush near a residence for the summer students.
Counselors for the summer program told NBC Bay Area they discovered the noose on Friday night and reported it to the public safety.
The incident is being investigated as a “suspicious circumstance,” but if additional evidence is found, it may be reclassified as a hate crime, according to a statement by Stanford.
The university said its Acts of Intolerance office, which addresses situations involving bigotry reported by campus community members, has been notified and is responding to the incident.