UPDATE: Student charged in sexual battery case no longer enrolled at W&L

Daniel Selby, a former member of the Class of 2025, left campus by Feb. 7, sources say

Shauna Muckle, Bri Hatch, and Jenny Hellwig

TW: This story contains discussions about sexual assault. 

Daniel Selby, whose Feb. 3 conviction of sexual battery by a Lexington court stirred a sea of rumors and emotions on Washington and Lee’s campus, is no longer enrolled at the university as of Wednesday, Feb. 8, a university spokesperson revealed.

A source with knowledge of the matter said Selby claimed he left of his own accord. Selby had moved out of his campus residence by Tuesday, Feb. 7, the source, who requested anonymity due to fear of retaliation, confirmed.

Selby did not respond to requests for comment by the time of publication.

Conversation surrounding Selby buzzed on YikYak and Fizz, anonymous apps used by students at Washington and Lee, in the days after news of his guilty plea broke. The Phi first reported on the case Monday.

Members of the administration, including President Will Dudley, Deans Sidney Evans and Megan Hobbs and Director of Residence Life Chris Reid all declined to comment on the case. Dudley, Evans and Hobbs directed questions to Drewry Sackett, Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs.

Sackett issued a statement Tuesday addressing the case.

“The university is committed to fostering a climate free from sexual misconduct through clear and effective policies, a coordinated education and prevention program, and prompt and equitable procedures for resolution of complaints that are accessible to all,” Sackett said in an email Tuesday.

Mac Testerman, interim director of the Department of Public Safety, told the Phi his department was unable to turn over any records involving Selby at the request of the university’s communications department.

Selby was originally sentenced to one year in jail, with all but four days suspended on condition of good behavior. He served a total of two nights in prison – one the day of his arrest, Sept. 21, 2022, and one on Feb. 3, according to the Rockbridge Regional Jail’s records division. He returned to campus Saturday, Feb. 4, the Phi previously reported.

While Selby was initially charged with felony object sexual penetration, his sentence was downgraded to a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery, the Phi reported.

Megan Zwisohn, the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockbridge County and Lexington, said in Virginia, jail sentences for misdemeanors are halved. That’s why Selby spent two nights, not four, in jail, she said.

At a meeting Feb. 7, Executive Committee President James Torbert read aloud a statement the body first released in 2020 addressing the EC’s role in sexual misconduct cases.

“Although the EC considers sexual discrimination and misconduct deplorable, we do not hear cases involving sexual harrassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, domestic and dating violence, stalking, or retaliation,” Torbert said. “In recognition of the sensitive nature of misconduct cases, the university has created the Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Board, a board specifically designated and designed to adjudicate such matters in compliance with federal law.”

The Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Board is not student-led like the EC or Student Judicial Council. A team of eight deans run the board, including Evans and Hobbs, who refused to comment on this case.