(CNN) — A person dressed in black from head to toe walked around the American University campus and tied bananas to three trees. They were hung from strings fashioned in the shape of nooses.
The bananas were scrawled with the letters “AKA Free.”
AKA, or Alpha Kappa Alpha, is a predominately African-American sorority.
The university, in Washington DC, recently swore in its first AKA sorority member and its first female African-American student government president, Taylor Dumpson.
The college paper, The Eagle, reported the bananas were found Monday, Dumpson’s first day in office.
“I regret this happened, apologize to everyone offended, and state emphatically that this incident does not reflect what American University truly is,” university President Neil Kerwin said in a statement.
The university set up several meetings for students to discuss the incident. It also released surveillance video of the suspect from the Monday incident and is offering a $1,000 reward.
The AKA says it is worried about its members on campus.
“We … urge American University to strengthen the security measures on campus to keep its SGA President, who also is an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member, other Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority members and African Americans on campus safe,” it said.
In recent history, this is the second time African American students have felt attacked on this campus.
In September 2016, a rotten banana was thrown at a student and another student reported one being left on their dorm doorstep by white male students.