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Duquesne University Sophomore Suspended

Duquesne University announced today that effective immediately, Brittany Jones is suspended from the University for multiple violations of the Duquesne University Student Code of Conduct. Suspension is based on her alleged involvement in events that led to the shootings of Sept. 17 in which five fellow students were wounded.

"The University community is stunned and deeply disappointed to learn that a student may be involved in this incident that has brought such injury and heartache to our campus," University President Charles J. Dougherty stated.

Brittany Jones began her studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Xavier was closed by Hurricane Katrina in September of 2005. At the time, Duquesne opened its doors to all student victims of Hurricane Katrina at the Catholic universities of New Orleans. Four such students were accepted to Duquesne, including Jones. They came without the usual credentials required for transfer since the New Orleans universities were unable to supply documentation. Duquesne University did this so that Brittany Jones and others could continue their educations uninterrupted. The University also provided generous financial assistance in this time of need.

"Duquesne reached out to Brittany Jones in an act of charity in accord with our fundamental mission of serving God by serving students. Her alleged actions show that our concern for her was not reciprocated and that she is not representative of our student body," said Dougherty.

This release was posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 at 9:16 am

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.