OBERLIN -- A notice posted on theOberlin College website told students that classes were cancelled Monday.

This follows a series of incidents over the past few weeks where derogatory graffiti with racial, sexual and homophobic slurs has appeared on the campus.

The notice read:

"Early this morning, there was a report of a person wearing a hood and robe resembling a KKK outfit between South and the Edmonia Lewis Center and in the vicinity of African Heritage House."

"This report is being investigated by both Safety and Security and the Oberlin Police Department. This event, in addition to the series of other hate-related incidents on campus, has precipitated our decision to suspend formal classes and all non-essential activities for today, Monday, March 4, 2013, and gather for a series of discussions of the challenging issues that have faced our community in recent weeks."

"We hope today will allow the entire community-students, faculty, and staff-to make a strong statement about the values that we cherish here at Oberlin: inclusion, respect for others, and a strong and abiding faith in the worth of every individual. Indeed, the strength of Oberlin comes from our belief that diversity and openness enriches us all, and enhances the educational mission at its core."

"We ask that all students, faculty and staff participate in the events planned for today:

  • 12 p.m. | Lord Lounge, Afrikan Heritage House Teach-in led by Africana Studies Department
  • 2 p.m. | Wilder Bowl Demonstration of solidarity
  • 3:30 p.m. | Finney Chapel Community convocation: "We Stand Together" (previously scheduled for Wednesday 3/6 at noon)

"When faced with difficult situations, Oberlin has consistently met the challenges and affirmed its commitment to the highest quality of education and the noblest aspirations of its community members. We believe that today's events-and our ongoing work and discussions-will strengthen Oberlin and will strengthen us all."

The staement was posted by Oberlin President Marvin Krislov;Sean Decatur, Dean, Arts & Sciences; David Stull, Dean, Conservatory of Music; and Eric Estes, Dean of Students