Three students arrested, charged with harassing Quinnipiac players

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Three white Quinnipiac University students
have been arrested and dismissed from the school after an
investigation into the racial harassment of black players on the
school's men's and women's basketball teams.

Police say 18-year-old Charles Merritt of Clifton, Maine, made
threatening and harassing phone calls to three black players on the
men's team on Monday. The freshman, who was a roommate of two of
the players and knew the third, is charged with three counts of intimidation based
on bigotry and bias, harassment and disorderly conduct, authorities said.

Emily Loschiavo of West Newbury, Vt., and Courtney Stellwag of
Newburgh, N.Y., both 19, are accused in a separate incident of
making harassing calls to a resident assistant's room at a
Quinnipiac dorm on Tuesday. They are charged with harassment.

Quinnipiac president John L. Lahey said the three students who were arrested have been expelled from the university, according to the New Haven Register.

E-mail messages seeking comment were left with all three
students who were arrested.

The calls to the
resident assistant's room were answered by two black players on the women's
basketball team who are friends with the RA, according to the newspaper. Police
said both women players were threatened with bodily harm.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.