A grand jury has declined to indict five William Paterson University of New Jersey students who were accused of raping and kidnapping another student on the institution’s campus last fall, the news outlet NorthJersey.com reported. All charges against the five men have been dropped.
Speaking after the decision by the grand jury, in Passaic County, N.J., a lawyer for one of the five men complained about the university’s treatment of the accused students. They were expelled without being given a hearing, the lawyer, Ron Ricci, said, and university officials made damaging statements about them. “My client’s family is extremely disappointed by how the investigation was handled by William Paterson University and its police department,” Mr. Ricci said.
In a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, Kathleen Waldron, president of William Paterson, did not respond directly to Mr. Ricci’s comments. She said that the university respected the outcome of the legal proceedings, but added that the institution’s own student-conduct process would continue.
“The university does not take any allegations of sexual assault lightly and will continue to adhere to all legal requirements and university policies and procedures in such matters,” Ms. Waldron said. “We are committed to the safety and well-being of all our students.”Return to Top