ODSA expels Kang
By Dave Watt
Thomas S. Kang '91, who was convicted of assault and battery charges in mid-October, has been expelled from MIT. Kang was told of MIT's decision yesterday at a meeting with Associate Dean for Student Affairs James R. Tewhey.
Kang faces up to six months in prison resulting from an attack on a Lesley College woman at a Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity party on July 15. He will be sentenced in mid-January, following mandatory in-patient psychiatric evaluation over the winter holiday.
Despite his expulsion, Kang remains a brother at Delta Upsilon, and the Interfraternity Council has taken no action against him. According to Ariel Warszawski '90, IFC Judicial Committee chair, the IFC has no jurisdiction in taking actions against individuals in fraternities, but only against living groups as a whole, or individuals representing their living groups.
Kang could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Saying that his feelings and those of Kang's fraternity brothers were "too complicated to put into a few words," DU President Joseph J. Berghammer '91 declined to comment.
Further legal action is possible. MIT and the DU and Fiji fraternities are all vulnerable to civil suits resulting from the attack. It is unknown whether such lawsuits are forthcoming. "It has been discussed but no decision has been reached," said the father of the woman involved in the July 15 incident.
Students can be expelled by two paths, either through a request from the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs, or through a formal hearing with the Committee on Discipline. According to Tewhey, the COD did not hear Kang's case, but the chair of the COD, Sheila E. Widnall '60, was contacted.
An expulsion request by the ODSA must be approved by the president before it can be carried out. President Charles M. Vest has seen the details of the case, Tewhey acknowledged.
However, many of the details of the discussions between Tewhey and Kang are considered educational records, and are therefore confidential by law. Tewhey declined comment on any discussion of the substance of his meetings with Kang.
Tewhey said it might be possible that Kang would be permitted to enroll at MIT someday, but declined to speculate on when.
Contrary to an earlier report, Tewhey said it was unlikely that Kang had been taking classes at Harvard University this past term. "There's no way he could be enrolled at Harvard without MIT signing off on it," Tewhey said.
Verdict will not
affect alcohol policy
Despite the fact that Kang had been drinking at the time of the incident, Tewhey said that MIT's decision would not affect the development of a new policy on alcohol use on campus.
He emphasized the major role that the Undergraduate Association Standing Committee on Student Life would have on formulating the alcohol policy. "Any policy with legitimacy must arise from students," he said.