Hampden-Sydney Student Is Expelled Over Racial Protest of Obama’s Win

Hampden-Syndey College has expelled one student and punished three others for participating in a racially charged protest that erupted on the campus during the night of President Obama’s re-election. The Virginia college announced on Thursday that one student had been expelled after being found guilty of conduct-code violations that included disruptive and lewd behavior and harassment. Three others were found guilty of similar violations and were hit with punishments including probation and community service. The college did not name any of the students.

In the incident a group of students shouted racial epithets, threw bottles, and threatened physical violence after gathering outside the college’s minority-student union on election night. Christopher B. Howard, the all-male college’s president, called the incident a “harmful, senseless episode” in a message to the campus after the disturbance.

Two people were arrested in the wake of a similar incident at the University of Mississippi.

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