U. of Va. Students Must Disclose Arrests
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—When University of Virginia (U. Va.) students register for classes later this month, they will be required to report any arrests or convictions.
The new requirement is the result of the slaying of 22-year-old U. Va. lacrosse player Yeardley Love. Her ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, 22 – a fellow lacrosse player – has been charged in the death.
Prior to the May 3 incident, Huguely was arrested in 2008 for a drunken encounter with a Lexington, Va., police officer. A 2004 university rule stated that students must report any arrest or convictions; however, Huguely never did.
Under the new requirement, students must state in writing whether or not they have been arrested before they can register for classes, reports the Washington Post. Students who perjure themselves on the form will be dismissed from the school for violating U. Va.‘s strict honor code.
Additionally, another rule compels athletes to notify their coaches of an arrest within 24 hours. Huguely’s lacrosse coach claims that the student never informed him of the 2008 arrest.
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