Student in drug bust faces possible interim suspension

By Emily Leayman

KU student Daniel Fournier, 18, found to have marijuana in his Beck Hall room on Oct. 2, will go through the due process for violating a university regulation. This will possibly end in interim suspension, according to Dean of Students Bob Watrous.

University police said they received an anonymous tip about Fournier’s activity in the early afternoon on Oct. 2. They began to investigate and then received a second tip at approximately 5 p.m. After they obtained a search warrant, police and a Berks County detective looked through Fournier’s room.

According to the police criminal complaint, no one was present in 340 Beck Hall when police and the detective entered. They discovered almost a pound of marijuana, a digital scale, materials for packaging and a notebook that logged amounts, sale prices and names of people.

Police said that Fournier turned himself in the next morning at the police station. He was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, as well as violation of a drug-free school zone ordinance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He was later released on bail.

Regarding the due process for violating university regulations, Watrous said the university cannot disclose this information to the public. However, the steps involved are defined in the Key Student Handbook.

Matt Santos, director of University Relations, emphasized that KU does not tolerate the use of drugs on campus although it is not uncommon. He said drug related crimes on campus are a challenge higher education institutions face.

“The misbehavior of a few does not represent our student body as a whole,” said Santos.

This was the first drug-related crime this semester that the university is aware of, according to Santos. A KU Alert did not go out to the campus. Santos said that these alerts are used only when there is a “direct threat to campus.”

“Police had it contained and under control,” he said, speaking of the Oct. 2 incident.

Watrous agrees that the university should not overdo the KU alerts.“If we put too much out, sometimes it has a desensitizing effect,” he said.

All crime alerts are posted in the McFarland Student Union and at the Public Safety office located in Old Main.

Watrous understands that students are afraid to publicly come forward but said that there are anonymous tip lines on campus. The anonymous tip line, which took a tip for Fournier’s activity, is extension 38477 when calling on campus.

“I do want to encourage students to report illegal activity when they see it,” he said. “Every piece of information is helpful.”

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