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U of I: Student from Normal charged in noose incident not currently enrolled

U of I: Student from Normal charged in noose incident not currently enrolled

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URBANA  — The University of Illinois says a student charged with a hate crime for allegedly leaving a noose in a residence hall elevator is no longer enrolled at the school.

Champaign County prosecutors allege 19-year-old Andrew Smith of Normal found some rope in an elevator over the weekend and tied it into a noose. Other students reported finding it early Sunday.

Smith was charged Tuesday with a felony hate crime and misdemeanor disorderly conduct following his arrest Monday.

University spokeswoman Robin Kaler on Wednesday told The News-Gazette in Champaign that Smith, who enrolled at Illinois in 2018, "is not enrolled at the university at this time."

Kaler wouldn't talk specifically about Smith's situation, but said an investigation is conducted if the student code is violated.

Smith is free on $5,000 bond and is scheduled for an Oct. 22 hearing.

Kaler said previously that students in the hall on the Urbana campus reported finding the noose early Sunday. Their find quickly blew up on social media and, seeing that, a woman who says she was with Smith when he tied the noose reported him to school authorities.

Smith was arrested Monday and charged the next day.

Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Kristin Alferink said Smith told university police that he "only spent about 30 seconds thinking about his actions" and that even after checking social media, didn't think his actions were serious enough to turn himself in.

Defense attorney Audrey Thompson on Tuesday declined to comment on the charges. She described her client during the arraignment as a sophomore with enough credits to graduate this year and a GPA of 3.79.

Smith was majoring in math, according to Kaler.

"The university does not condone acts of intolerance, bias, or prejudice," Kaler said in a statement Tuesday. She said support staff are available for students who feel overwhelmed because of the noose.


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