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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 08/ 6/2010

UVA students required to report arrests

By Washington Post editors

Returning students to the University of Virginia will have a new question to answer at registration time: Have you ever been arrested?

The Yeardley Love slaying last spring prompted university officials to tighten their rules on students who are arrested or convicted. New President Teresa Sullivan said in a Friday morning news conference that under the new rule university officials will ask every student if they have been arrested.

Love, 22, of suburban Baltimore was found dead in her off-campus apartment May 3. George Huguely, her 22-year-old ex-boyfriend and fellow lacrosse player from Chevy Chase, is charged in the death.

Huguely had a previous arrest, in 2008, a drunken encounter with a Lexington, Va., police officer.

University officials said Huguely likely would have been suspended or expelled had they known of the arrest. Huguely was required to report it to them under a 2004 U-Va. rule, stated in the student handbook, which requires students to report any arrest or conviction. But the rule was not widely known, and Huguely never did.

Sullivan said that requirement has been changed from a "passive" to an "active" notification system: students henceforth will have to state in writing whether they have been arrested before they may register for classes.

Students return to Charlottesville the weekend of Aug. 21.

Check out College Inc. for more details.

By Washington Post editors  | August 6, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Virginia  
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Comments

"Huguely likely would have been suspended or expelled had they known of the arrest"

So innocent until proven guilty doesn't apply in Virginia? Good to know.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 6, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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