The student in question is from Canada. The charge stems from an incident on campus last year during which he allegedly assaulted a black student and used a racial slur.

The Cornell Daily Sun reports:

Cornell Student Could Be Deported If Convicted of Hate Crime

The Cornell University student charged with a hate crime last semester could be permanently deported from the United States if he is convicted, and a federal immigration agency has already shown interest in the case.

John P. A. Greenwood ’20, who is facing three charges after being accused of a race-motivated assault, is a Canadian citizen studying at Cornell on a student visa, his lawyer confirmed in court documents filed on Thursday. The lawyer, Ronald P. Fischetti, said a conviction could lead to Greenwood being deported from the U.S. and being forbidden from re-entering.

“He would thus be exiled from the United States, an extraordinarily harsh consequence, preventing him from, among other things, ever pursuing an education at a college or University in the United States,” Fischetti wrote in a motion arguing that all charges against Greenwood should be dismissed.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official contacted the City of Ithaca after police arrested Greenwood in September, a city official with direct knowledge of the communication told The Sun.

ICE requested the date and location of Greenwood’s arraignment before the information was publicly available, according to the city official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of antagonizing the immigration agency. Ithaca officials did not provide the information to the agency, abiding by the city’s sanctuary city legislation, the official said.