After a student said she found a racist note on her windshield late last month, hundreds of St. Olaf College students gathered in the student union to protest, issuing demands and even prompting the university to cancel class.

But that note, students learned Wednesday, was “fabricated.”

In a series of emails, St. Olaf’s president David R. Anderson said administrators “confronted a person of interest who confessed to writing the note,” but federal privacy laws kept him from identifying the author.

The note was “apparently a strategy to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate,” Anderson said, adding there was “no ongoing threat from this incident” to students.

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