Georgetown U.: Rope found on campus not a noose
Update, 12:05 p.m.
Georgetown University officials now say that the "loose hanging rope" found hanging from a pipe in a locked utility room this week was not left there to resemble a noose.
Julie Green Bataille, chief university spokeswoman, says it's now believed the coiled rope was "for climbing activity," and used by students horsing around in the utility tunnels that run beneath campus. Not exactly legal -- but not a hate crime.
University safety officials had alerted the campus community Thursday evening that employees had found "a loose hanging rope with a knotted loop at one end" in a locked utility area in a sub-basement of Healy Hall, an area that's generally off limits but "can be accessed through underground utility tunnels."
After an investigation, the university safety department "ruled out legitimate uses for a rope" in that sub-basement by employees. So they reported it as a "possible noose."
The investigation also found "racist graffiti and vandalism" in underground areas near the sub-basement, evidence of illegal trespassing "over an extended period of time."
Taken together, the discoveries "are disturbing and undermine the values of our community," the e-mail states. "The possibility of this kind of symbol on our campus is deeply troubling and extremely serious."
Georgetown has had a fair number of publicized racist incidents in recent years, with the newly discovered racist graffiti in the campus tunnels now standing as the latest example.
But Bataille said campus leadership is fairly sure they have not found a noose.
"The area that we're talking about, it's literally the size of a closet . . . You could put your legs on the interior wall and use the ropes to climb," she said.
Follow College Inc. on Twitter.
Daniel de Vise
| October 1, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
Categories: Administration, Crime | Tags: Georgetown hate crime, Georgetown noose, racist graffiti Georgetown
Save & Share: Previous: R&D spending continues to rise
Next: Will USC be next to join the Common Application?
Posted by: kdjsgreen | October 1, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: jgodfrey1 | October 1, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: DCFanatic | October 1, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: confounded | October 2, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse