Three of the four white students accused of hate crimes against their black roommate have been expelled by San Jose State University, according to reports.
The alleged incidents, which included racial slurs, false imprisonment and the victim, 17-year-old Donald Williams Jr., having a bike lock placed around his neck more than once, began early in the fall 2013 semester. The school suspended the four suspects —Logan Beaschler, Colin Warren, Joseph Bomgardner and an unnamed minor—following charges filed by the District Attorney’s office, and a task force was commissioned to investigate the university’s response.
Led by retired judge LaDoris Cordell, who currently serves as San Jose’s independent police auditor, the task force found that administrators and resident advisors failed to notice obvious warning signs of abuse.
Students and civil rights groups have held several protests on campus, decrying the campus culture as well as the tepid response of SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi.
Cordell reportedly told the Mercury News that the suspects’ expulsion was a “no-brainer.” The school suspended Bomgardner for a year and will require him to undergo counseling, according to the newspaper.
Williams’ attorney filed a $5 million claim against the school in March. That claim was filed with the wrong agency, according to school officials, but it is believed that a lawsuit is moving forward.