Giles Hall is seen in the background on the campus of Spelman College in Atlanta. (Chris Shinn / Spelman College)
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Spelman College investigating notes on campus attacking LGBT students

Spelman College announced Tuesday it has launched an investigation into several handwritten notes using offensive language toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people some students said they’ve found in their dorm rooms.

“Here’s a message for the perpetrator: You are not Spelman College,” the college’s president, Mary Schmidt Campbell, said in a statement. “Spelman abhors your behavior. Spelman will continue to open its arms to embrace all of our Spelman students whatever their gender identity, sexual orientation or gender expression. Spelman is love, justice and respect. You, the perpetrator, are not Spelman.”

April 9, 2016 Atlanta - Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell speaks after the investiture during Spelman College 2016 Investiture Ceremony at Georgia World Congress Center on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Mary Schmidt Campbell, former dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, was installed as its 10th president of Spelman College on Saturday at the Georgia World Congress Center. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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At least three notes, the latest discovered Monday, have been written in recent weeks, college officials said. They included messages such as “Keep Spelman safe. No queers.” 

Spelman administrators have held hall meetings and interviewed the students who’ve reported the notes, but have been unable to find out who wrote the notes.

Spelman, an all women’s Historically Black College & University near downtown Atlanta, announced in November it will admit transgender female students.

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