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January 18, 2008

Expulsion reversed

(Continued)



On May 7, Barnes was notified of his withdrawal with a note from the president’s office, which had been slipped under his dorm room door. The letter recognized his actions as the reason for expulsion and referred to Barnes as a clear and present danger to the campus.

Barnes said that he was given 48 hours to vacate his dorm room, but was not informed of the deadline so remained locked out over the course of a weekend.

Barnes then filed an appeal to the Board of Regents with claims that proper university procedures were not followed in his dismissal and he was never given a proper disciplinary charge. He also asserts that he has been unjustly removed and stated that Dr. Zaccari never suggested that his actions were threatening in any of their previous meetings — just that they were embarrassing in nature.

Barnes, who previously mentioned plans of beginning classes at Kennesaw State University this semester, asked that VSU reimburse him for moving expenses and additional costs to attend Kennesaw.

Because the decision to reverse Barnes’ expulsion was made by the Board, VSU was unable to release a statement. After contacting the office of John Millsaps with the Board of Regents, The Times was informed that federal law prevents the Board from commenting on students.

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