Student faces drug possession charges

by Leslie Ye | 12/14/10 3:45pm

Correction Appended

Hanover Police arrested a member of the Class of 2014 after discovering narcotics in his room in Berry residence hall on Nov. 29, Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone told The Dartmouth this week.

Delos Chang '14, the secretary of the 2014 Class Council, was arrested on six counts of possessing illegal drugs three of which are felony charges, three of which are misdemeanors, Giaccone said. Chang was released on bail, and a hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 3.

Chang is a writer for The Dartmouth Mirror.

Giaccone declined to provide many of the details associated with Chang's arrest, citing the department's ongoing investigation, and declined to comment on the means by which police began the investigation and what substances were found in Chang's room during the search.

The Grafton County Prosecutor's Office will not release a report to the public until the close of Chang's hearing in January, prosecutor Christopher O'Connor told The Dartmouth. A representative from the Lebanon District Court confirmed that the office does not yet have a record of the arrest report.

A student who lives on the same dormitory floor as Chang who asked to remain anonymous told The Dartmouth that Chang had said the College had asked him to withdraw.

The Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students acts on any academic withdrawal, which "may have certain conditions associated with it, such as the requirement to remain off campus until readmission," according to the Undergraduate Judicial Affairs Office website.

Students interviewed said they did not know the circumstances of Chang's arrest.

Chang will be replaced as Class Council secretary, according to 2014 Class Council President Sebastian DeLuca '14.

"I can promise one of two scenarios," DeLuca said in an e-mail to The Dartmouth. "One: We appoint a person within Class Council to the position with the guidance of Brian Dye, our advisor in the Collis Center for Student Involvement. Two: We choose the person with the next highest amount of votes who ran for the position and who is currently still an active member of Class Council."

"We will probably hold an election amongst the current officers, so it's kept internal and will allow all of the officers a voice," DeLuca added.

Chang did not respond to requests for comment.

**The original version of this article stated that Chang served as treasurer of Class Council when in fact he served as secretary.*