Male Connecticut College student charged with voyeurism in connection with incident in dorm bathroom, police say

A Connecticut College student was arrested Saturday night and charged with voyeurism after an incident in a dorm bathroom, police said Monday.

Nicholas Spellman, 19, was charged with voyeurism and disorderly conduct after police seized multiple electronic devices, New London police Capt. Brian Wright said.

Police were called to the dorm a few minutes after 10 p.m. Saturday after a reported incident in the bathroom, but police did not release further details Monday. 

Spellman, who is from Wilbraham, Mass., was released on bond and is scheduled to appear Nov. 20 in Superior Court in New London.

Police have asked anyone who has reason to believe they were a victim of of this type of crime or who has information about this incident or others like it to contact the detective bureau at 860-447-1481 or submitting an anonymous text tip to “Tip411” at 847411.

Police made a similar arrest in March 2019 when they charged former student Carlos Antonio Alberti, then 21 years old, with seven counts of voyeurism for allegedly recording female students in dorm bathrooms from October 2018 to January 2019. Alberti pleaded not guilty and pre-trial proceedings are scheduled to begin next month in Superior Court in New London.

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Cops: CT College student accused of voyeurism in dorm bathroom


NEW LONDON — A Connecticut College student has been arrested in a voyeurism incident on campus, police said.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, police said they responded to a dorm on the Mohegan Avenue campus for a reported incident of voyeurism in a bathroom.

Police said the suspect, identified as Nicholas Spellman, 19, is a Connecticut College student.

“During police contact with the student, electronic devices were seized,” police said.


Spellman, of Wilbraham, Mass. was arrested and charged with voyeurism and disorderly conduct.

He was released after posting bond will appear in court on Nov. 20.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.


Given the nature of the incident, New London Police encourage anyone who has information concerning these type of incidents or has reason to believe that they may be a victim of this type of crime to contact the New London Police Department’s detective bureau at 860-447-1481 or anonymous information may be submitted via the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus the information to Tip411 (847411).

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student climate protesters urge their universities to go carbon neutral

As West coast wildfires color the skies dystopian red and orange and an aggressive hurricane season batters the US Gulf coast, college students are demanding their schools take bold action to address the climate crisis.



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Caitlyn Daas is among them. The senior at Appalachian State University and organizer with the Appalachian Climate Action Collaborative (ClimACT) stands on the frontlines of her school’s grassroots push to go “climate neutral”, part of a years-long, national movement that has inspired hundreds of institutional commitments to reduce academia’s carbon footprint.

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Carbon neutrality commitments typically require schools to dramatically cut their carbon emissions by reimagining how they run their campuses — everything from the electricity they purchase to the air travel they fund. Colleges across the country, from the University of San Francisco to American University in Washington DC have already attained carbon neutrality. Other academic institutions, including the University of California system, have taken steps to fully divest from fossil fuels.

But as young activists like Daas urge their universities to do their part to avert climate disaster, many are frustrated by tepid responses from administrators whom they feel lack their same sense of urgency and drive. Appalachian State, part of the University of North Carolina system, has committed to reaching net-zero emissions decades down the line, but Daas and her fellow activists fear that’s far too late. She’s baffled that an institution devoted to higher learning is seemingly ignoring the science around the climate emergency.



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“If our voices don’t matter, can you please stop telling us that they do?” Daas says.

College activists concerned about the climate crisis have largely focused their efforts on two popular movements that go hand-in-hand: reaching carbon neutrality, and divesting university endowments. Broadly, the term “net carbon neutrality” means that a campus zeroes out all of its carbon emissions, says Timothy Carter, president of Second Nature, a nonprofit focused on climate action in higher education. This can be achieved through modifying campus operations, often with the help of alternatives, such as renewable energy certificates and voluntary carbon offsets (activities that atone for other emissions). In Second Nature’s definition, investment holdings don’t factor in a school’s carbon footprint. Carbon neutrality often falls within a wider umbrella of climate neutrality, which also incorporates justice and other concerns.



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Divestment campaigns, meanwhile, pressure universities to shed investments in fossil fuels in their endowments. “We cannot truly be climate neutral if we continue to invest in a fossil fuel industry,” says Nadia Sheppard, chair of the Climate Reality Project campus corps chapter at North Carolina State University, where

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US student with positive Covid-19 test throws house party for 20 people while quarantining



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A student who knew he had tested positive for coronavirus decided to throw a house party while he was supposed to be quarantining.

Police body camera footage broadcast on local TV channel WOIO 19, shows the moment officers confronted the hosts of the house party in Oxford, Ohio, at 4pm on Saturday.

Lieutenant Lara Fening, from the Oxford Police Department, said: “This particular case is egregious, but I think for the most part, by and large, the students have been very well behaved.”

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Footage shows a young man confess to the officers that he tested positive for Covid-19.

“Are you supposed to be quarantining?” the officer asks. The Miami University student responds: “Yeah. That’s why I’m at my house.”

The officer then says: “So you have other people here, and you’re positive for Covid? You see the problem? How many other people have Covid?”

The officer asks the student “how many other people have Covid?” to which the student responds “they all do” before later backtracking.

He said eight people lived at the house and others had just stopped by. Around 20 people reportedly attended the party.

Police said six people were given citations, five of whom live in the house. The civil penalty caries a $500 (£389) fine.

According to Cincinnati’s Local 12 more than 1,000 students from the University of Miami have tested positive for coronavirus.

Lt Fening added: “Some residents came over from across the street that were reportedly Covid-positive as well.”

She suggested that anyone who attended the party should get tested.

“We do not know if anybody else at that party was aware of the Covid-positive residents because some of them left while the officer was there,” she added.

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College student positive for COVID-19 throws party: OH cops

Six Miami University students in Ohio were cited for throwing a house party a week after one of them tested positive for COVID-19, police say.

An Oxford police officer arrived at the home Saturday evening due to a noise complaint and found multiple people clustered on the front porch as loud music played, WCPO reported.

Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in Oxford, WLWT reported. A student who lives at the residence told the officer there were roughly 20 people inside, according to the outlet.

The officer ran the student’s name through the law enforcement database and discovered the student had recently tested positive for COVID-19, both stations reported. Their conversation was captured on the officer’s body camera.

The student reportedly told the officer it had been about a week since his positive test. When the officer asked if the student was supposed to be quarantining, he replied: “That’s why I’m at my house.”

The student added that “everyone staying in the house” was also positive for COVID-19, along with some residents across the street, according to the news outlets.

When the officer told the student they’re trying to keep the town open, the student reportedly responded, “I know. That’s why I’m staying home.”

“The way I interpreted the video from the body cam footage was he felt like he was at home and quarantining like he was supposed to be and that the majority of the people that were at the house had passed by and stopped by,” Oxford police Lt. Lara Fening told WKRC.

Fening added that it was unclear if guests at the party knew that the residents at the home were positive for COVID-19, as several left when the officer arrived, according to the outlet.

“This particular case is egregious, but I think for the most part, by in large, the students have been very well behaved,” Fening told WKRC.

The students cited for violating the mass gathering ordinance each face a $500 fine, according to WLWT. Their names have not been released.

More than 1,000 Miami University students have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two weeks, according to data from the school’s online dashboard.

University officials announced Wednesday that the school would move forward with plans for in-person classes starting Sept. 21, WXIX reported. Students returning to campus will begin a phased move-in process on Monday.

About 60% of on-campus students are expected to return, with the remainder opting for remote learning, according to WXIX.

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University of Miami student with coronavirus still holds party at house, reports say

OXFORD, Ohio — Police breaking up a party attended by University of Miami students last weekend discovered the person hosting it was “quarantining” because he had tested positive for the coronavirus a week earlier.

WCPO Channel 9 reports six students at the party Saturday afternoon were cited for violating coronavirus orders. There 20 students inside the house when officers arrived, WCPO reports.

When police began questioning a student who lived in the house, they learned he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Police asked him if he was supposed to be in quarantine and he answered, “Yeah. That’s why I’m at my house,” WCPO reports.

The student initially told officers that everyone attending the party had tested positive, WLWT Channel 5 reports. He then said it was likely two students had tested positive, WCPO reports.

“That’s what we’re trying to prevent. We want to keep this town open,” the officer tells the student. “You’re not quarantining if you’re mixing with other people.”

The university has been struggling with an outbreak of the virus, with more than 1,000 students testing positive during the past two weeks. Still, the school plans to resume in-person classes on Sept. 21, Fox 19 reports.

The university still expects the on-campus population to be reduced by about 40 percent as some students use remote learning, reports say.

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Coronavirus: ‘I paid for my student house, now all my lectures are online’

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Rhiannon is a student at St Andrews

University students have been telling the BBC how they were only told that most of their courses in the coming term will be taught online after paying hundreds of pounds for accommodation far from home.

Sara is a third year student from Leeds, studying international development at King’s College London, at a cost of £9,250 for the year. She says she was told her course would be completely online this term on 1 September – the day she began paying almost £3,000 for her accommodation.

Sara moved home to Leeds in March, at the start of lockdown, She says she has hardly had any lectures since February, when university staff went on strike.

In an email, seen by the BBC, she was then told “all teaching for final year students” will be online this term – including seminars and dissertation supervisions. In-person teaching in her second term “will depend on the Covid-19 situation closer to the time”.

It’s left her feeling short-changed. “If I knew that we were going to be online for the first semester I wouldn’t have got accommodation for this term at all,” Sara says.

She says she’s had little guidance about what campus life will look like and whether she will need to – or be able to – spend any time there.

“Do I need to be in London or not? Do I need to go in or not? There’s no point in [just] sitting in my house,” she says. “I do think there should be some kind of reduction with everything online. You still get an education but they should reduce the amount you’re paying.”

The University of St Andrews also announced at the end of August that some courses would be entirely online in the first seven weeks of term.

Many students moving into halls for their first year had already signed their contracts by the time the announcement was made, while many second and third year students in private accommodation signed contracts months ago.

Lottie, a third-year student in philosophy and history of art, says the university had initially encouraged students to return to the town.

“In June or July, they said that all students should plan to come back to St Andrews at the start of term and it would be dual teaching – everything they could do in person they would do, with the rest online.

“They did say they would give people the option to study completely online from home, but when you applied to do that you needed to have a specific reason.”

Rhiannon, another student at St Andrews studying international relations, is paying £525 a month for a room in a shared house.

“Our house has been empty since March. I would have stayed at home, and cancelled my rental contract. I actually tried to negotiate with my landlord in June because of the uncertainty and the landlord was completely inflexible.”

The University of St Andrews blamed the

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