DURHAM, N.C. -- Investigators are looking for whoever hung a noose at Duke University.
The noose was found hanging from a tree early Wednesday morning. It was left by a Student Commons building.
In response to the incident, hundreds silently marched from Duke’s West Campus to the school’s Bryan Center plaza, then held a forum in front of Duke Chapelc.
"To whomever committed this hateful and stupid act, I just want to say that, if your intent was to create fear, it will have the opposite effect," Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, said in a statement. "In time, each of these cowardly acts of bias and hatred will strengthen our resolve to love and support each other."
According to WRAL.com, the noose’s discovery comes just days after 100 prospective black students visited Duke.
The incident is the latest in a series of race-related incidents on college campuses across the county, including racist chants from fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma that went viral and the suspension of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at North Carolina State University after the discovery of a pledge book containing racially and sexually offensive language.