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Citadel News Service
16 Dec 2015

Investigation continues at The Citadel

College and Chairman of Citadel Minority Alumni Group Working Together

The Citadel has completed the initial stages of the investigation regarding imagery that depicts seven cadets with pillowcases over their heads. The chairman of The Citadel Minority Alumni Association, Dr. Lamont Melvin, a 1991 Citadel graduate, will be working with the commandant of cadets as the investigation moves to the established administrative process.

“I invited Dr. Melvin to be a part of this process to provide transparency, but, more importantly, to work together to build a learning environment where all cadets, no matter their background, can thrive at The Citadel,” said Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, Citadel president.

At this time, eight cadets are temporarily suspended. While temporarily suspended, the cadets have been allowed to take final exams. They will resume classes with the rest of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets on Jan. 13, as the administrative process proceeds. 

Cadets involved in the incident have provided statements. The next step in the administrative process outlined in college regulations includes due process hearings in which the cadets will answer questions from commandant department officials and present any information they wish to offer. Upon completion of these hearings, a recommendation for any disciplinary action will be made to Rosa. This process should be complete in late January or early February.

“We pride ourselves on our core values. The images we saw last week are not consistent with these values,” Rosa said. “I want people to know The Citadel is a place where everyone can flourish, meet their full potential and be treated with dignity and respect. I am committed to nothing less.”

Approximately 22 percent of the cadet population is composed of ethnic minorities, with African Americans representing eight percent.

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