A student at Duke University accused of hanging a noose from a tree on Wednesday has left the Durham, North Carolina campus and won't be back until an investigation into his alleged conduct is completed, school officials said.
The undergrad was identified by campus police and the university's Office of Student Affairs. Officials won't release the students name, citing confidentiality rules.
"The student is still enrolled but is no longer on campus and won’t becoming back until the judicial process is completed," said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations.
The case will now be taken up by Duke's Office of Student Conduct, a school spokesman said. The school said it is also coordinating with state and federal law enforcement officials about potential criminal violations.
"There's still an investigation going on," Schoenfeld said.
The Chronicle, Duke's campus newspaper, reported that the noose, made of thin yellow rope, was found hanging from a tree on the university's Bryan Center Plaza early Wednesday. Photos of it were posted online, drawing a police response.
Larry Moneta, the school's vice president of student affairs, wrote an email to students calling the noose a "shameful and stupid act," the paper reported.
Wednesday evening, Duke President Richard Brodhead led a gathering at the steps of the campus chapel, explaining the noose's role as a racist weapon and symbol.
"This is no Duke we want, this is no Duke we accept, this is no Duke we want to experience, and this is no Duke we want to create," he said, the newspaper reported.
— Jon Schuppe