Man pretending to be a Stanford student lived on campus for nearly a year

According to university officials, an Alabama man pretending to be a student at Stanford University lived in dormitories on campus for nearly 10 months.

William Curry of Birmingham, Ala., was removed from campus Thursday after a Crothers Hall resident found the man living in the basement of the dorm, the Stanford Daily reported. Resident assistants at Crothers Hall told the student newspaper that Curry posed as a sophomore and falsely claimed he was drafted to Stanford’s men’s track team in 2020.

Stanford spokesman Dee Mostofi told the San Francisco Chronicle that Curry has reportedly been on campus “a number of times” since December 2021 — though he’s received several letters saying he’s staying away. However, campus officials said they were only able to locate him on Thursday after he was accused of stealing a television from the dorm basement.

University administrators and campus police knew of Curry for months and removed him from various campus buildings at least four times, the Stanford Daily reported. He was previously accused of breaking into several on-campus dormitories and molesting several students, the newspaper reported, and at one point he allegedly told campus police that he was homeless and “trying to escape the rain.”

Students living in the dorm where Curry was captured said he had been living in the building since the second week of fall semester and was regularly let in by “sympathetic assistants.” According to the newspaper, dorm RAs frequently requested — but were denied access — lists of residents living in the basement rooms where Curry lived.

“On several occasions we have requested a list of residents living in the basement and have been told that the request could not be granted as it would constitute an ‘invasion of student privacy,'” reads one from the Stanford Daily published screenshot. “Without such a list, we ultimately cannot verify who should and shouldn’t be in the dorm. This is a policy that we have resisted and will continue to resist.”

In a statement, Stanford officials said that although the university has protocols and policies to prevent non-students from entering and living in college dormitories, “the unique aspects of Mr. Curry’s persistence and ability to integrate into our student community, It is clear that there are gaps in these protocols.”

“We will conduct an immediate review to ensure our procedures do not allow this type of incident to recur,” the statement said. Man pretending to be a Stanford student lived on campus for nearly a year

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