The University has concluded its investigation into the alleged Public Safety (PSafe) assault on Paulie Lowther ’13 on Oct. 30. Vice President for Institutional Partnerships and Chief Diversity Officer Sonia Mañjon and Human Resources conducted the investigation.
“Wesleyan University has conducted an investigation based on a student complaint about Public Safety’s response to a security alarm at the Freeman Athletic Center on October 30, 2012,” Director of Media Relations Lauren Rubenstein wrote in an email to The Argus. “The investigators (from the Office of Diversity and the Human Resources department) found that while there was no malice or harmful intent, there were shortcomings in the actions of the officers.”
With the conclusion of the investigation, the University has prescribed further training for PSafe officers.
“The University has formally reviewed these findings with officers involved and has arranged for additional officer training,” Rubenstein wrote.
Lowther wrote in an email to The Argus that he respects the decision of the University despite his beliefs.
“They told me that they could not find any malicious intent, and that the Public Safety Department will be undergoing more training as a result of my complaint,” he wrote. “I really have no general comments. The authority is always in the right, regardless of the truth behind their decisions. I could talk forever about it, so I’d rather just say nothing.”
The Middletown Superior Court heard Lowther’s case on Nov. 9. Lowther was found guilty of Simple Trespass, a reduction from his original charges of Criminal Trespass and Breach of Peace and was given a fine.