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Former Davidson College student accused of neo-Nazi posts is still in ROTC, army says

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A former Davidson College student who was accused of making racist and anti-Semitic posts on social media is still officially part of Davidson’s Army ROTC organization, according to a national Army spokesman.

The student is not currently participating in ROTC activities, and the ROTC will take another look at the student’s status once all investigations are complete, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Belcher said.

The student is on an ROTC scholarship, Belcher said, which comes with a commitment to serve as an Army officer after graduation. Students who don’t complete their scholarships may owe the Army money, he said, or they may have to join the Army as enlisted soldiers.

Only one of the two former students accused in this case is involved in ROTC, Belcher said. That student is a senior, so they’ve been receiving a $500 per month ROTC stipend this year, among other benefits, according to Davidson’s website.

The two students were located by Davidson police on Nov. 7, when an activist group announced it had linked them to neo-Nazi activity on the internet, Davidson College President Carol Quillen explained in an email to students Sunday.

Screenshots taken by the activist group included posts that praised Adolf Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan. The Twitter account, which did not include a full name, has been deleted.

Quillen said the former students “will not be on campus” in her Sunday email.

College spokesman Jay Pfeifer said Monday that federal privacy laws prevented him from explaining whether the former students were expelled or left the college voluntarily.

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Asked Monday whether the former students are not allowed to be on campus, Pfeifer said he couldn’t elaborate.

Davidson’s ROTC program includes on-campus courses, field training exercises each semester and physical training three mornings per week, according to the ROTC page on Davidson’s website.

Davidson’s investigation into the situation is still ongoing, Pfeifer said Tuesday.

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