UM may oust student over alleged assault Two fraternity brothers cleared in assault case.

April 22, 1992|By Lou Ferrara and Bruce Reid | Lou Ferrara and Bruce Reid,Staff Writers

COLLEGE PARK -- A University of Maryland student is facing expulsion from school after a campus judicial board found him guilty of violating a student code of conduct in connection with sexual assault allegations.

While the Ripley, W.Va., student has not been criminally charged, he has been accused of raping a 19-year-old Virginia woman, Sharon Williams. Two other members the Delta Tau Delta fraternity's College Park chapter also were implicated.

In its ruling this week, the board cleared the other two students of all charges.

Miss Williams, who went public with her allegations last fall, said that when she visited the fraternity quarters in Wicomico Hall on Oct. 25, 1990, she was raped by the three students at about 4 a.m.

At the time, Miss Williams was a student at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va. Since the incident, she has left the school and taken a full-time job.

Last summer, the judicial board found that all three fraternity members had assaulted the woman and recommended that they be expelled. But the ruling was thrown out by school administrators and a new hearing ordered after the three students hired a lawyer who raised questions about the proceedings' legality.

Richard Karceski, a Towson attorney representing the fraternity members, could not be reached for comment today on the board's decision.

John Zacker, assistant director of judicial programs at the school, said the recommendation for expulsion can be appealed within the next 10 days.

Neither Mr. Zacker nor other school officials would provide any details of the board's ruling. The judicial board's hearings are not open to the public. Records of the hearings also are sealed.

Miss Williams had said she did not want to go to court and that expulsion for the men would be adequate punishment. The state's attorney's office declined to go forward with the case but refused to say why.

Lt. Don E. Smith, a College Park police spokesman, said campus police will not pursue a new investigation as a result of the most recent decision.

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