Trifling’: University Of Hartford Woman Charged With Jeopardizing Her Roommate’s Health In Series Of Hateful Acts
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Many are still experiencing a wave of emotions, mainly shock and utter disgust, after the news surfaced of an 18-year-old University of Hartford student (Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe) being tormented by her roommate (Brianna Brochu) over a course of weeks.

Rowe came forward via Facebook video, which has since generated over 1 million views, to give an account of what had been occurring in her dorm room. She stated that Brochu contaminated her lotion with moldy food and smeared menstrual blood on her backpack. And according to Brochu’s bragging to her peers via Instagram, she claimed that she spit in Rowe’s coconut oil and rubbed her toothbrush “where the sun doesn’t shine.”


Rowe began to get sick early into the school year (i.e., severe throat pain). It was later determined, after a series of tests, that she had a bacteria growing in her throat.  These disturbing events sparked the hashtag #JusticeForJazzy in support of the freshman. Rowe sensed that she was unwanted, and made arrangements to move out. It was after she moved out that Brochu’s “celebratory” Instagram posts admitting to the disgusting things she had done to Rowe – even referring to her as “Jamaican Barbie.”


Brochu is no longer a student at the school, and is facing multiple charges.

The statement from university president Greg Woodard read:

I am writing to provide further updates on the deeply disturbing situation involving our students,” Woodward said in the statement. “As of this morning, Brianna Brochu is no longer a student at the University of Hartford. She will not be returning to the institution.

There has been an outpouring of concern for the victim of these acts from across the University and the country. In my meeting with her yesterday, I reiterated my personal commitment to ensuring she has all available personal and academic resources the University can provide.  

 As I said yesterday, the University took action immediately once these allegations were brought to our attention. University Public Safety was first notified and responded to this incident at 11:48 p.m. on October 17. The reprehensible conduct of the involved student was not known by the victim or the University until that time. By 1:12 a.m. the West Hartford Police Department was notified and processes for legal and University conduct began. A no-contact order was put into place and the case was turned over to local authorities by 2:16 a.m.

It is clear there is work to be done at our University to ensure that all students feel safe, respected, and valued. The conversations that began with student groups, faculty, and staff yesterday are going to continue and involve our full community. I am dedicated to that mission and will continue to share additional information about opportunities for our path forward in meaningful dialogue and action.

Cut it, and give Rowe a full ride at the university.

Brochu has since been arrested and expelled from the university.