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Oberlin College cancels classes after several hate crimes

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Oberlin College in Ohio cancelled classes Monday after another hate-related incident disrupted the campus, the Star Tribune said.

The latest of a month-long series of hate-related crimes occurred after midnight Sunday when someone reported seeing a person dressed in a white robe and hood near the Afrikan Heritage House, The New York Times said.

Oberlin College, known for its strong prevalence of liberalism, convened for a campus wide meeting. President Marvin Krislov apologized to students who felt threatened by the incidents, The New York Times said. The meeting was also intended to inform students about groups that have been formed to put an end to these incidents, the Star Tribune said.

Some students at the meeting spoke out saying the administration was not doing enough to create a "safe and inclusive" environment, and only took action when urged by student activists, The New York Times said. However, many students praised the administration for the decision to hold the meeting, The New York Times said.

In the last month, racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay messages have been found around campus, the Star Tribune said. Some of the incidents include slurs written on Black History Month posters and swastika drawings and "whites only" written above drinking fountains, The New York Times said.

It's not clear if the people involved in these incidents are students or from off-campus, the New York Times said.

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