University of Maine football player Jerron McMillian has been placed on “deferred suspension” by the UMaine Dean of Students office for violations of the UMaine Student Code of Conduct.
McMillian, an All-Colonial Athletic Association safety this fall for the Black Bears, was penalized after he was arrested Dec. 4 after a scuffle with Orono police outside the Curva Ultra Lounge.
McMillian, 21, of Hillside, N.J., was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and failure to submit to arrest as a result of the incident.
UMaine spokesman Joe Carr on Thursday explained the Dean of Students staff, headed by Dr. Robert Dana, has assigned McMillian to programming in anger management, situational leadership and problem-solving.
“The Dean of Students office offers these programs regularly, for a variety of reasons, including to satisfy sanctions for code of conduct violations,” Carr said. “It’s meant to be an educative process.”
Carr said if McMillian complies with the requirements, he will be allowed to join the football team for its spring practices beginning in April.
“From the Dean of Students office perspective, the situation would be resolved by compliance with those directives,” Carr said.
However, there may be further penalties levied against McMillian by the athletic department.
Interim athletic director Steve Abbott must consider whether McMillian’s actions constitute a violation of the UMaine Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and whether further punishment is necessary, based on his own investigation.
However, Abbott has been out of town for several days and has not yet spoken personally with McMillian about the situation.
McMillian is scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Jan. 6 to answer the charges.
According to Orono police captain Josh Ewing, McMillian was seen arguing with another man in the parking lot of the Curva Ultra Lounge at about 1:35 a.m. on Dec. 4.
Police attemped to question McMillian, who initially walked away. He then reportedly pulled away from and screamed at an officer who stepped in front of him.
McMillian was given a disorderly conduct warning, but did not cooperate and allegedly swatted at an officer after he was informed he was being placed under arrest.
Police said McMillian then resisted as he was being handcuffed and pushed another officer, inflicting a cut under his eye. McMillian then ran, but was apprehended after he slipped and fell.
McMillian is a key member of the UMaine defense. The redshirt junior is a two-year starter who was an all-league, second-team choice in 2010 after ranking fourth on the team with 58 tackles.
He also made one fumble recovery, two pass interceptions and six pass breakups for Maine, which finished with a 4-7 record.
In 2009, he tied for third in the CAA with five interceptions.