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Former UHart student accused of tainting roommate's personal items with 'bodily fluids'

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Brianna Brochu was arrested for spreading bodily fluids on her University of Hartford roommate's personal items, according to police. (West Hartford police) Brianna Brochu was arrested for spreading bodily fluids on her University of Hartford roommate's personal items, according to police. (West Hartford police)
Jazzy Rowe posted a video to her Facebook page explaining what her roommate allegedly did to her. (Facebook) Jazzy Rowe posted a video to her Facebook page explaining what her roommate allegedly did to her. (Facebook)
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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A case that began as a severe sore for a University of Hartford student lead to the arrest of her roommate.

Police said Brianna "Breezy" Brochu tampered with her roommate's personal items.

According to the university, she's also no longer a student there.

She was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace. West Hartford police said they requested that the court add a charge of intimidation based on bigotry or bias to the case.

Brochu is scheduled to face a judge on Wednesday.

Brochu's roommate, Jazzy Rowe, shared her story through a Facebook live post that's since gone viral.

"What happened is beyond ridiculous," Rowe said. "It's something straight out of a movie."

Rowe explained that she was randomly assigned a roommate and moved into the room on campus in August.

She said right off the bat, she felt like she was unwanted and ignored.

"I was like a ghost in my own room," Rowe said.

Rowe went on to say that her roommate, whom she did not identify in the video, would do things like turn the light off on her while she was in the room.

Eventually, she said she started getting sick. She thought it was just a regular cold; however, she said she never got any other symptoms.

"The sore throat pain got worse," Rowe explained. "It got to the point where I couldn't sleep and I couldn't speak."

University health officials couldn't figure out what was causing it, Rowe said. They prescribed antibiotics for whatever was causing "bad bacteria" in her throat.

Rowe said she was nice to her roommate. She shared her microwave and even fed Brochu's fish when Brochu left for the weekend.

Rowe said decided to move out two weeks ago.

That's when her RAs and friends alerted her to what Brochu had just posted to social media about her.

She said she wasn't following Brochu on Instagram, but grew concerned that everyone else on campus could now see what had happened.

In Rowe's Facebook video, she read one of the posts.

"After one and a half months of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons on her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn't shine and so much more, I can finally say goodbye to 'Jamaican Barbie," she read.

Rowe said the post was followed by photos of what Brochu allegedly did to her.

Police said were dispatched to the UHart campus to investigate "a report of vandalism and harassment" on Oct. 18.

They corroborated some of Rowe's story, including that Brochu posted statements to Instagram in which she said she did things such as put bodily fluids on her roommate's property.

Police also said she also posted photos of other tampered property as well.

Brochu turned herself in on Oct. 28.

UHart released a couple of statements about the case from President Greg Woodward.

This one was released on Wednesday:

Dear University of Hartford Community,

I am writing to provide further updates on the deeply disturbing situation involving our students. 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.

Greg Woodward

President

The second was published on Tuesday:

Dear University of Hartford Community,

I am writing to you this evening to send a strong message regarding an incident that is deeply upsetting to me, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. One of our students was the alleged victim of bullying and her story was shared across social media. Let me be clear: the accused student’s behavior was reprehensible and does not reflect the values of our institution.  Let me also be clear that I am confident the University has taken all steps to pursue this matter seriously, and will continue to do so.

Upon learning of the incident, Public Safety immediately ensured that the victim was relocated to a safe location, notified local authorities, and provided support for their investigation. The accused student was subsequently arrested by the West Hartford Police Department and her case will proceed through the legal process. The University will continue to precisely execute our defined process outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

The University strictly and swiftly followed all procedural and legal processes related to this alleged event; claims to the contrary are based on misinformation. The incident has brought about accusations of racism, and I want you to know that I hear and share your anger and frustration. Acts of racism, bias, bullying, or other abusive behaviors will not be tolerated on this campus. I pledge to do everything in my power to work with our community to address related concerns together.

Throughout the day, I and members of my administration have been meeting with students, including representatives from the Student Government Association, multicultural organizations, and concerned students. I have also met with the affected student and we are in communication with her family. We will continue to offer support and assistance to her, as well as any other student that feels threatened, victimized, or uncomfortable on our campus. Let me repeat; racism and hatred will not be tolerated on this campus. Period. I encourage every one of you reading this email to report incidents on campus that are troubling and worthy of review.

I will proactively schedule and communicate additional community conversations in the coming days. I am willing and prepared to openly discuss concerns and will transparently share any additional information about University resources and processes that will make our community stronger. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our University and I am confident we provide a secure environment for our students in which to learn and thrive. Our community is not exempt from issues facing our society and world. We must strive every day to practice understanding, tolerance, inclusion, and grace. I know that you will join me in this critical mission.

Thank you,

Greg Woodward
President

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