WASHINGTON — A fourth noose has been found on a D.C.-area college campus within the past week.
The noose was discovered last Thursday inside the University of Maryland Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house in College Park, Maryland.
The school’s newspaper, The Diamondback, reports that University Police are investigating this as a hate bias incident.
The school’s fraternity and sorority life director told organization presidents Wednesday that the noose was found hanging in the kitchen of the Phi Kappa Tau house, noting that it impacted the catering and housekeeping staffs as well as the members of the fraternity.
University President Wallace Loh condemned the act, calling it “despicable.”
“All of us — students, faculty, staff, alumni — stand united in our commitment to core values of human dignity, diversity, inclusiveness, and intellectual freedom,” Loh said in a statement.
“We stand against such craven expressions of bigotry.”
Bananas tied to string nooses were found on the American University campus Monday, the same day the first black female student took over as the student government’s president.
The FBI is now involved in the American University investigation.