Univ. of Iowa rejected admission of alleged theater gunman
(CNN) — The University of Iowa in 2011 rejected a graduate application from alleged Aurora, Colorado, gunman James Holmes, with one official saying “Do NOT offer admissions under any circumstances,” according to documents obtained by CNN.
A second university official agreed not to make the recommendation for Holmes’ admittance.
Holmes, 24, is accused of opening fire at an Aurora theater last month during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.
He has been charged with murder and attempted murder and faces two weapons charges.
Holmes is expected to appear at a court hearing Thursday afternoon, which will address his contact with University of Colorado psychiatrist Lynne Fenton and a notebook he mailed to her before the shooting.
The suspected gunman was a Ph.D. candidate studying neuroscience at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz campus in Aurora. But he was “denied access to the school after June 12, 2012, after he made threats to a professor,” according to court documents.
Subsequently, Holmes “started the process to voluntarily withdraw from his graduate studies program.”
The University of Colorado said this month that it hired a former U.S. attorney to conduct an independent review into how the school handled Holmes.