Two Disciplined for Racist Graffiti

Two Disciplined for Racist Graffiti

A Tufts University student and a former Tufts undergraduate accused of writing racist graffiti in Vanderslice Hall on April 27 had felony hate crime charges dismissed at a Brighton District Court hearing Wednesday, in exchange for admitting sufficient evidence for misdemeanor charges of willful and malicious destruction of property and trespassing.

The Tufts students, a sophomore and a senior, were arrested by Boston College Police after allegedly writing racist graffiti on the doors of two Vanderslice apartments, one of which was occupied by an African American student. They were arraigned April 28 at Brighton District Court on charges of willful and malicious injury to personal property, trespassing and two counts of damaging property for intimidation.

At Wednesday's hearing, the two were given a continuance without a finding , placed on probation for two years and assigned to perform community service in an African American community . The students also must write a paper on the history of the racial epithet used in the crime, complete a diversity course and send a letter of apology to the Boston College community to be printed in The Heights .

Last week, acting on a complaint brought by Dean for Student Development Robert Sherwood, Tufts held a disciplinary hearing for the two students. Prior to the event, the sophomore elected to withdraw from the university and did not attend the hearing. He will not be allowed to return to Tufts and lost academic credits as well as room, board and tuition costs for the spring semester.

After hearing some 10 hours of testimony and deliberating for another four hours, the Tufts Judicial Board ruled that the senior - who was to have graduated this past weekend - be suspended and not allowed to receive his degree until January of 2002 at the earliest. He must also perform 500 hours of community service, specifically in an African American setting.

In a letter to BC administrators, Sherwood said that although there had been some question to which student actually wrote the epithets, he had insisted both "should be held responsible for the hateful acts and their impact on our students and this entire Boston College community."

-Sean Smith


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