Quinnipiac Clears Expelled Student Over Prank Call
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) _ Quinnipiac University has cleared an expelled student of any racist intent for a prank call in 2008 and invited her to reapply to the college.
Courtney Stellwag was expelled amid allegations she and another student made harassing calls to a resident assistant’s dorm room. Stellwag says the random call was a Halloween joke.
In a letter Stellwag’s representatives released this week, Quinnipiac wrote that an investigation revealed the call was not motivated by hatred or bigotry. It said publications that suggested her conduct was racially motivated were not accurate.
“The university telephone records supported your assertion that the call was randomly dialed and the investigation revealed that the call was not racially motivated,” the letter stated. “Based on the information gathered, we understand that you intended it as only a joke.”
The call involved a line from a movie and happened to be answered by friends of the resident assistant who are black, said Stellwag’s attorney, James Alexander Burke.
Burke said her reputation was damaged, but she’s doing well at another school and preparing for a career as a physician’s assistant.
Burke said Thursday that she was allowed into an accelerated rehabilitation program and criminal charges against her were dismissed, and that her lawsuit against the university for damaging her reputation was “amicably resolved.”
He did not disclose the terms.
“There were many awful things said three years ago that were incorrect about Courtney, and there was a great fear those things would haunt her for years to come, so we’re happy the record is being straightened out,” he said.
A Quinnipiac official said the university does not comment on lawsuits.
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