092408nyu.jpgJust weeks into the first semester, students narced out an unidentified NYU freshman for allegedly selling coke from her dorm room, prompting her expulsion from the residence. That a student at an obscenely expensive university was supplementing her allowance by slinging a little yey is hardly a shocker. But what's raising eyebrows over at the campus paper is that her room was never searched, no evidence was collected, she wasn't formally charged with a crime, and the accusations were never passed along to campus cops or the NYPD.

All the student ever received was a letter on September 11th informing her that she was found "responsible for possessing, using or distributing an illegal or controlled substance" and would have to move out of university housing. She's appealing the decision and tells the Washington Square News, "They have no evidence. They have the word of three roommates who are just being 18-year-old catty girls...Drugs were part of my past. But I have never used drugs since I got here from California." The freshman says the gossip-mongering princesses who complained about all the late night visitors to her room were just mistaking her discount cigarette business for narcotics dealing, is all.

Apparently the U.S. Department of Education's classic tome Handbook for Crime Reporting (it's been a while since we read it) suggests that cases involving drugs should be referred to law enforcement. But it's understandable why the administration would want to keep stuff like this on the down low—why make it a police matter when a young student is just setting forth on her thrilling, $200,000 educational journey?

Photo courtesy Wally G.