UVA school leaders to meet with Governor

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - UVA's president says the university was never told about George Huguely's criminal past. Now there are questions if this campus killing could have been prevented.

UVA's president John Casteen says there is a gap in the law when it comes to letting colleges and universities know when students are arrested off campus, and he wants that to change.

School leaders say they never knew about George Huguely's arrest in 2008 for being drunk in public and resisting arrest.

Casteen says he plans to meet with Governor Bob McDonnell about passing a new law. It would require police departments to let schools know when a student is taken into custody.

UVA has it in its code of regulations that a student is required to report any arrests.

School leaders say if they would have known about the previous arrest, Huguely might have had to undergo substance abuse counseling.

The Washington Post reported that eight players on the men's lacrosse team, including Huguely, have been charged with alcohol related offenses while at the school.  

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