SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- A black sophomore at Pennsylvania's Slippery Rock University has been dismissed from the school after saying he found a racial epithet written on this dormitory door, then admitting he wrote it.
Lewis Williams III, 19, of Baltimore was 'indefinitely dismissed from the university after having signed a waiver of formal hearing and admitting his guilt,' said Anthony Caldarelli, coordinator of student standards and special activities at Slippery Rock, located 45 miles north of Pittsburgh.
The racial epithets were on Williams' door and the door of two other black students in his dorm.
On Feb. 18 Williams reported the words 'head nigger' had been scrawled across his dormitory door with a black marker. The word 'nigger' was written on the door of the room where James Kenney and Darryle Carpenter live.
When he reported the incident, Williams said he believed the epithets were related to Black History Month, which is observed in February.
Slippery Rock officials would not comment on why Williams wrote the racial slurs, saying federal law prohibts them from violating student confidentiality.
Slippery Rock spokesman Ross Feltz said, 'He admitted to doing all of them.'
'We treated it from the start as an isolated incident,' Feltz said. 'We haven't had any racial tension around here. The fairest thing to say is that there's some mixed reaction. There's some kids that I would assume are finding it hard to believe.'
Campus police filed charges of criminal mischief and ethnic intimidation against Williams on Thursday. He faces a hearing March 22 before a district justice in Slippery Rock.