The University of Hartford student who secretly jeopardized the health of her roommate for weeks is no longer attending the school.
Thousands were left shocked and appalled after hearing the story of 18-year-old University of Hartford freshman student Chennel "Jazzy" Rowe, who posted a now-viral video to her Facebook page detailing how her roommate Brianna Brochu tormented her for weeks.
Following an immediate uproar on social media that event spawned the hashtag #JusticeForJazzy, University president Greg Woodward released an official statement on the school's website confirming that Brochu is no longer a student at the school.
The statement reads as follows:
I am writing to provide further updates on the deeply disturbing situation involving our students," Woodward said in the statement. "As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford. She will not be returning to the institution.
There has been an outpouring of concern for the victim of these acts from across the University and the country. In my meeting with her yesterday, I reiterated my personal commitment to ensuring she has all available personal and academic resources the University can provide.
As I said yesterday, the University took action immediately once these allegations were brought to our attention. University Public Safety was first notified and responded to this incident at 11:48 p.m. on October 17. The reprehensible conduct of the involved student was not known by the victim or the University until that time. By 1:12 a.m. the West Hartford Police Department was notified and processes for legal and University conduct began. A no-contact order was put into place and the case was turned over to local authorities by 2:16 a.m.
It is clear there is work to be done at our University to ensure that all students feel safe, respected, and valued. The conversations that began with student groups, faculty, and staff yesterday are going to continue and involve our full community. I am dedicated to that mission and will continue to share additional information about opportunities for our path forward in meaningful dialogue and action.
In the Facebook video, which currently has over 1 million views, Rowe provided evidence that Brochu smeared period blood on her book bag and mixed molded food into her lotion. The teen also said her former roommate claimed to have spit in her coconut oil and rubbed her toothbrush "where the sun doesn't shine."
According to a police report obtained by Heavy, Brochu told officers that her actions were in retaliation against Rowe, claiming Rowe posted videos of her sleeping on social media and made fun of her snoring.