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George Mason University Statement Regarding Arrest of Student in Fenwick Library

March 16, 2011

Mar. 16, 2011

Media Contact: Daniel Walsch, 703-993-8785

FAIRFAX, Va., March 16, 2011—George Mason University today announced all charges have been dropped against Abdirashid Dahir related to the incident involving Dahir and another student in Fenwick Library last week.  This action effectively removes the matter from the court system and allows the university to address the incident within its Judicial Affairs process.

In addition, the university will engage in an external investigation to conduct a thorough and impartial analysis of the actions taken by university police officers related to the incident that led to Dahir’s arrest on a felony charge.  At the appropriate time the findings of this investigation will be made public.

Thousands voiced their concern for the students at the center of this event during the past week. While this has been a difficult experience, the university is proud of its diverse and engaged students and alumni, who chose to speak out and get involved.

University officials will make every attempt to respond to those who provided contact information.