Four George Fox University students have admitted to hanging a cardboard cutout of Sen. Barack Obama from a tree last week, the Oregonian reports. The students face long-term suspension, and authorities have not disclosed any motivations for last week's incident. The display featured the Obama likeness with an "Act Six Reject" sign, referring to a Portland scholarship program targeted to low-income students.
The investigation had closed in on the students late last week, but officials at the small Oregon Christian college stopped short of expulsion. The students' names are not being released; they may be allowed to re-enter school after completing community service and multicultural education.
The FBI and Secret Service continue to investigate whether a hate crime or a threat has occurred.