Smith jury decides
in U.Va.'s favor
eight-person federal jury on Oct. 20 cleared the University Judiciary
Committee and Vice President
for Student Affairs William W. Harmon of wrongdoing in its
handling of Richard W. Smith's 1998 expulsion for an assault on
a fellow U.Va. student.
Smith had sued Harmon, the UJC, University President John T. Casteen
III and the Board of Visitors,
alleging that he was denied due process. Smith was expelled after
a Nov. 21, 1998 hearing, which he did not attend.
Smith skipped the UJC trial, claiming that Harmon had assured
him the trial would be postponed. Harmon testified that he did
not have the authority to postpone the trial, and that his recommendation
that it be postponed was rejected by the UJC.
through the trial, the judge dismissed Casteen and the Board of
Visitors from the suit.
Similar lawsuits are pending on behalf of two other students expelled
in the same UJC trial, Harrison Kerr Tigrett and Bradley Clark