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Update on October 2014 On-campus Assault

Jan. 23, 2015 Update

In early January, the assault charge against John Phillip Douglas was dismissed by the district attorney. The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office says that it cannot prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt and that Douglas may have acted in self defense.


Original Statement: Posted on Oct. 20, 2014

Early on Sunday, Oct. 19, two male Davidson students were involved in an altercation in their on-campus apartment. Davidson campus and town police responded. One student received medical attention as a result of the incident, and one student was arrested and released on $5,000 bond. The injuries sustained were not life threatening. No firearms were involved, but two knives were recovered from the apartment.

A change in the state public records law in 2013 requires that Davidson disclose the name of the arrested student, among other information. The student, John Phillip ("JP") Douglas, is on the Davidson College football team. As a result of his arrest, he has been suspended from the team until further notice. In addition to the criminal process, the college is reviewing whether to take further disciplinary action upon investigation of the incident.

The safety of our students is our top priority, and while the pending criminal investigation and federal privacy laws limit us in what we are able to discuss about this case, please know that we have taken steps to ensure the safety of our campus community.

Should you have any questions please contact Cat Serrin Niekro, associate vice president of communications, at or 704-894-2533 or 704-612-1402 (cell).