'Hate' incidents shut Oberlin Oberlin College has experienced a string of racially-charged incidents this month. By Lilit Marcus, TODAY contributor Ohio’s famed Oberlin College suspended classes on Monday after a person was spotted on campus wearing what appeared to be a white KKK robe, the latest in a string of racially charged incidents on campus. In the last month, the school has also found graffiti of the n-word painted on campus buildings and a swastika painted on a classroom window. Oberlin, which counts "Girls" creator Lena Dunham, musician Liz Phair, and "Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal among its alumni, is known for its open-minded past. It was the first college in the country to establish a race-blind admissions process, and was even a stop along the Underground Railroad, which helped slaves escape to freedom. Because of this legacy, Oberlin has been proactive about addressing the racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic actions occurring on their campus. In an open letter posted to the school's website on Monday, a group of school administrators notified the community of the latest incident and announced that classes were canceled for the day in light of the events. "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 Afrikan Heritage House," the statement read, noting that the sighting is still being investigated. "This event, in addition to the series of other hate-related incidents on campus, has precipitated our decision to suspend formal classes and all other non-essential activities for today, Monday, March 4, 2013, and gather for a series of discussionsof the challenging issues that have faced our community in recent weeks." The school asked the Oberlin community to attention a series of events on campus, from a "teach-in" to a "demonstration of solidarity." .