San Jose State University has expelled three students accused of bullying and tormenting their black roommate.
A fourth student has been placed on probation for the rest of his college career if he returns.
The four students, who are white, have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery and hate crime charges. They are accused of putting the bike lock on then-freshman Donald Williams and taunting him with racial slurs, locking him in his room and waving a Confederate flag.
Earlier this year, Williams filed a $5 million claim against the university.
The expelled students are banned from enrolling in any California State University college, according to university documents obtained by the newspaper.
A lawyer for one of the expelled students said the school did not conduct a thorough review.”We were very disappointed with the school’s process,” attorney Eric Geffon said. “It was clear early on they had already made up their mind.”
A university spokeswoman said the school can’t comment on disciplinary matters.
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