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Duke University: Student has admitted to hanging noose in tree and is no longer on campus

  • Michael Schoenfeld, left, vice president for Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke University, speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Sara P. Duke Gardens in Durham, N.C., Thursday, April 2, 2015. An undergraduate student at Duke University has admitted to hanging a noose in a tree and is no longer on campus, university officials said Thursday. Schoenfeld said that the school would not release the name of the student who admitted to hanging the noose. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Michael Schoenfeld, left, vice president for Public Affairs and Government Relations at Duke University, speaks to members of the media during a news conference at the Sara P. Duke Gardens in Durham, N.C., Thursday, April 2, 2015. An undergraduate student at Duke University has admitted to hanging a noose in a tree and is no longer on campus, university officials said Thursday. Schoenfeld said that the school would not release the name of the student who admitted to hanging the noose. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo provided by Henry Washington shows a rope noose hung from a tree Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Durham, N.C. Duke University officials are trying to determine who hung the noose, what the president of the elite Southern school described as a vicious symbol in a region where lynchings were once used to terrorize black residents. (AP Photo/Henry Washington)

    This photo provided by Henry Washington shows a rope noose hung from a tree Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Durham, N.C. Duke University officials are trying to determine who hung the noose, what the president of the elite Southern school described as a vicious symbol in a region where lynchings were once used to terrorize black residents. (AP Photo/Henry Washington)  (The Associated Press)

  • Duke student from front left to right, Michaela Stith, Ashley Croker-Benn and Jasmine Roddey rally during a university-wide forum outside the Duke Chapel on campus Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Durham, N.C. Duke officials said Wednesday that they are trying to find out who hung a noose outside a building that houses several offices, including those focused on diversity. (AP Photo/The Herald-Sun, Christine T. Nguyen) (AP/The Herald-Sun, Christine T. Nguyen)

    Duke student from front left to right, Michaela Stith, Ashley Croker-Benn and Jasmine Roddey rally during a university-wide forum outside the Duke Chapel on campus Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Durham, N.C. Duke officials said Wednesday that they are trying to find out who hung a noose outside a building that houses several offices, including those focused on diversity. (AP Photo/The Herald-Sun, Christine T. Nguyen) (AP/The Herald-Sun, Christine T. Nguyen)  (The Associated Press)

Duke University officials say a student has admitted to hanging a noose in a tree and is no longer on campus.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, school spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said the school would not release the name of the student who admitted to hanging the noose, found early Wednesday in a plaza area on campus. He said the student will be subject to Duke's student conduct process and that an investigation continues to find out if others were involved.

The school also is working with state and federal officials about potential criminal violations.