- Associated Press - Thursday, May 4, 2017

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Authorities at the University of Maryland are investigating a noose discovered in a fraternity house.

Local news reports say the noose was found inside the house of the school’s Phi Kappa Tau chapter on April 27.

Police at the university say they are investigating the matter as a hate/bias incident.

University president Wallace D. Loh said in a Wednesday statement that he condemns “the use of a symbol of violence and hatred for the purpose of intimidating members of our University of Maryland community.”

On Tuesday, police at American University in Washington offered a reward for information about an incident in which bananas were found hanging from noose-shaped string on campus. The fruit were marked with the letters AKA, the initials of the predominantly black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.

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