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Marshall student allowed to stay enrolled following 2016 attack on woman is expelled following arrest for sexual assaults

Added 06-12-19 02:13:02pm EST - “A Marshall University student who remained enrolled despite a conviction for a 2016 attack on a female classmate has now been expelled after being accused of two rapes.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Marshall student allowed to stay enrolled following 2016 attack on woman is expelled following arrest for sexual assaults”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Marshall University student who remained enrolled despite a conviction for a 2016 attack on a female classmate has now been expelled after being accused of two sexual assaults.

Joseph Hardin, jailed last week as the new allegations surfaced, was thrown out of the West Virginia school on Tuesday.

“We have taken, and will continue to take, aggressive steps to make sure the entire Marshall community is safe," President Jerome Gilbert said in a statement on Wednesday. “I have zero tolerance for inappropriate, illegal behavior, and pledge that we will always treat sexual misconduct and violence with the utmost gravity. The safety of our students is our first obligation.”

Officials at the Huntington campus said that Hardin was expelled in accordance with its student conduct disciplinary procedures.

Hardin had entered a Kennedy plea in the 2016 battery case, which allowed him to be convicted without admitting guilt. However, he had initially been accused of raping the woman, who filed a federal lawsuit against the university.

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