Shelby DeHaven, ‘Doah Managing Editor
April 2, 2014
On Sunday, Mar. 23, four Shenandoah University students and an S.U. alumnus were arrested after police were called to break up at fight at Los Toltecos restaurant at 1046 Millwood Pike. According to the Winchester Star, when deputies arrived they “reported seeing a crowd of about 40 to 50 people fighting.” The police arrested five people.
Re’al Wilmont was arrested for resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer and obstruction of justice. David Wilburn was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Jonathan Hudson and Marquise Hairston were both arrested for public intoxication according to court documents. Alumnus Darius Hayes was arrested for resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement office, obstruction of justice and destruction of property with intent less than $1,000. Hairston and Hudson were released from the Norhterwestern Regional Adult Detention Center on recognizance bonds. “Hayes and Wilmot were issued summonses, and Wilburn was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond,” according to the Winchester Star.
Hairston, Wilburn and Hairston are all members of the S.U. football team. Head football coach, Scott Yoder said ““We are allowing the legal process to run its course, and the university is following its standard conduct proceedings. The Shenandoah University Football program will make no additional comments on this incident” when asked about possible sanctions for these players.
According to Vice President of Student Life, Rev. Dr. Rhonda VayDyke Colby, “whenever a student is arrested our university conduct process comes into effect. The university process can run concurrently with whatever the external legal process is, but it is distinctively a university process. The conduct process, which focuses on student learning, is described in detail the undergraduate catalog.”
According to the Student Code of Conduct, located in the student handbook, “the university may initiate conduct proceedings with a student whose behavior does not conform to established standards regardless of whether such conduct occurred on or off campus. Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or both, or the existence of other mental impairment, does not alter the fact or excuse behavior that constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.”