UPDATE: A suspect in an isolated incident on Dec. 17, 2021, in Rock Island was found “not responsible” by Augustana College.

According to a letter dated Dec. 20, 2021, shared with Local 4 News by Aroosh Rajouria:


Dear Aroosh,

An Administrative Council, which included Chris Beyer, Matt Walsh and Farrah Roberts, met on December 17,
2021 to hear charges that you violated the following articles of the Student Code of Conduct”
Article 12: Intentional Disruption
Article 17: Physical / Emotional Safety
You had previously pled “not responsible” to these charges.

After considering all relevant evidence, the Administrative Council determined the following:
Intentional disruption, intentionally providing false information or otherwise obstruction of teaching,
learning, research, administrative proceedings, disciplinary proceedings or other activities related to the
college — Not Responsible

Conduct on- or off-campus constituting a threat to the physical or emotional safety and well-being of the
college community or any member thereof, including but not limited to conduct ranging from verbal
harassment to physical or sexual assault. — Not Responsible

No further action is required on your part.

You are hereby advised that you may appeal the finding of the Administrative Council. You may appeal the finding providing sufficient grounds exist to indicate that a review should be conducted by the College President.

If you wish to appeal this decision, you must prepare a written statement of the reason(s) you feel a review should be conducted, and present that written appeal to President Steven Bahls within 10 days of the receipt of this letter of decision.

Upon receipt of a timely written appeal, President Bahls will review the decision of the Administrative Council for abuse of discretion. Abuse of discretion can be established, for example, by:
A failure to follow established hearing procedures which substantially and adversely affected the outcome of the hearing; or

The imposition of a sanction disproportionate with the infraction; or

The rendering of a decision wholly unsupported by the evidence.

I am sorry my contact with you this time was disciplinary. Most of the services provided by the Dean of Students Office are of a more positive nature, and I encourage you to call upon us for this kind of assistance in the future.

Sincerely,
Laura Schnack
Associate Dean of Students

EARLIER UPDATE: Two suspects face more charges in connection with what Augustana College officials call an isolated incident in November in Rock Island.

Kritartha Karki, 21, and Aroosh Rajouria, 20, were arrested shortly before noon Friday on the 600 block of 38th Street, Rock Island, according to daily Rock Island Police arrest reports.

Rajouria faces a felony charge of unlawful restraint, and Karki faces a felony charge of compelling a confession or information by force or threat.

Police told Local 4 News the charges are in connection with the November incident.

EARLIER: Four suspects face charges of mob action after what Augustana College officials call an isolated Rock Island incident early Thursday.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, officers met in the area of the 1200 block of 35th Street with a victim. The person reported four suspects drove the victim to an unknown location in the area and battered that person, who suffered minor injuries. The suspects were with the victim when officers arrived, police told Local 4 News.

The suspects were identified as Logan M. Swank, 20; Kritartha Karki, 21; Aroosh Rajouria, 20; and James I. Thorp, 21; according to Rock Island Police and daily police reports.

Based on the initial information gathered by officers, all four suspects were charged with mob action, police said. Swank also was charged with battery.

The case remains under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division.

To learn more about the Illinois statute on mob action, visit here. Mob action can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.

Statement from the college

Augustana students received this statement from the college Thursday evening:

Dear students, 

I wanted to reach out to the Augustana campus community this evening. We are aware of concerns and the college is directly involved in responding to an incident that occurred on November 17, 2021.

At this time, we are unable to share specific details. However, we want you to know that with the help of Augustana Police and Public Safety, all known perpetrators in the incident have been arrested by Rock Island Police.

There is no known current or on-going threat to students or community members. 

In my experience, students intentionally harming another student is incredibly rare. This doesn’t reflect the type of Augustana student I’ve come to know, respect and appreciate.

Students, please know that this isolated incident was swiftly handled and protective measures were taken for the victim. Incidents like this will not be tolerated at Augustana College. Students who violate the student code of conduct will be held accountable through our disciplinary process.

I believe thoroughly that Augustana students care for one another, respect one another, and are destined to be great community leaders.

Please continue upholding our community principles individually and collectively. Remember to look out for one another’s well-being and safely intervene if you believe they are at risk of being the victim or perpetrator of a crime.

Thank you for continuing to show the ongoing care that our community is grounded in. 

Sincerely,

Wes (Brooks, dean of students at Augustana)