11/13/2012 05:02 pm ET Updated Oct 10, 2017

Charges Dismissed Against Cornell Student Accused Of Biting Another Student

UPDATE: In January 2013, a New York judge ordered the case below dismissed and court records related to it sealed, according to documents reviewed by HuffPost.


The modern era has seen few famous ear-biting incidents since Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear in a 1997 Las Vegas boxing match. That is, until a fight broke out in front of a food truck at Cornell University on Friday.

Conor Goetz, a sophomore at the Ithaca, N.Y., university, is charged with assault in the third degree after he allegedly bit another student on the ear in front of the Louie's Lunch food truck on campus, the Cornell Daily Sun reports.

Another student on the scene, Scott Widyn, described Goetz as using a "belligerent" tone with the victim, who allegedly responded in a "collected and reserved manner," according to the Daily Sun. Goetz then chased the victim and bit his ear. The victim is being treated for lacerations.

Fights at Cornell are generally tamer than this one, it seems.

In 2007, the Sun reported that only three or four fights a year were reported to authorities. "[Its] certainly not common, but not unusual," Judicial Administrator Mary Beth Grant said about Cornell fights at the time.

In the most recent notable example, in 2011, Police broke up an epic snowball fight on campus.

Correction: The food truck is named Louie's Lunch, not Lucky Louie's.