On April 11, 2001, two seniors were expelled and one sophomore was suspended after being found responsible for vandalizing around 20 cars parked near the Town Houses. An investigation began immediately following the incident, which took place in November of 2001. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police and Vassar security were able to identify the suspects and revealed that there was around $14,000 worth of damage done to ten of the cars.

As part of a national lecture series called, “Human Rights: The Unfinished Agenda for the New Millenium,” Vassar held a lecture presented by Harold Koh on the impact of 9/11 on American civil and political rights. The event was cosponsored and organized by the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Vall-Kill, which aims to continue Roosevelt’s legacy by promoting human rights. As a professor of International Law at Yale University and former assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 1998 to 2001, Koh argued in his lecture that, “Over the course of the past year, we have slowly been compromising our civil liberties in favor of national security.”