University Of Hartford Expelled Brianna Brochu, But People Think She Deserves Legal Punishment Too

(Photo: West Hartford Police Department)

University Of Hartford Expelled Brianna Brochu, But People Think She Deserves Legal Punishment Too

"If this is not a hate crime, I don't know what is."

Published November 1, 2017

The university where a student was accused of contaminating her roommate's personal items has announced she has been removed from the campus. 

Brianna Brochu, who bragged about rubbing bloody tampons on her Black roommate’s bag and rubbing her toothbrush "where the sun don't shine," was expelled by the University of Hartford, reported the New York Times.

  1. University President Greg Woodward released a statement Wednesday

    "Dear University of Hartford Community,

    "I am writing to provide further updates on the deeply disturbing situation involving our students. As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford. She will not be returning to the institution.

    "There has been an outpouring of concern for the victim of these acts from across the University and the country. In my meeting with her yesterday, I reiterated my personal commitment to ensuring she has all available personal and academic resources the University can provide.  

    "As I said yesterday, the University took action immediately once these allegations were brought to our attention. University Public Safety was first notified and responded to this incident at 11:48 p.m. on October 17. The reprehensible conduct of the involved student was not known by the victim or the University until that time. By 1:12 a.m. the West Hartford Police Department was notified and processes for legal and University conduct began. A no-contact order was put into place and the case was turned over to local authorities by 2:16 a.m.

    "It is clear there is work to be done at our University to ensure that all students feel safe, respected, and valued. The conversations that began with student groups, faculty, and staff yesterday are going to continue and involve our full community. I am dedicated to that mission and will continue to share additional information about opportunities for our path forward in meaningful dialogue and action," wrote President Greg Woodward.

  2. Upon news of her expulsion, many people expressed agreement with the university's decision
  3. Many people said they hope the justice system works just as harshly as the school

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: West Hartford Police Department)


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