MISSOULA – A University of Montana student has been asked to leave an on-campus apartment because he’s considered by the state to be a violent offender.
Stephen Spallino, a 22-year-old from Hawaii, was convicted in June in his home state of assaulting a police officer.
Though he was granted a suspended sentence by the court, he must register as a violent offender in Montana.
UM has a no-tolerance housing policy for sexual and violent offenders and asked him to leave after school officials learned of his status when they say his name in public records printed in the local newspaper..
Spallino is appealing his impending ouster and a university panel is scheduled to meet early next week to decide on the matter.
He declined to comment on his appeal, saying he didn’t want to hurt his chances of remaining at Pantzer Hall, where he’s been living in an on-campus apartment with at least one other roommate for almost two months.
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