​Porsha Simone Harvey Turns In Crown Following Arrest​​

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March 1, 2021

Porsha Simone Harvey, Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore, was charged with disruptive behavior in an exchange with a campus police officer. Harvey was also cited for possessing marijuana in a Somerset County courthouse.

Harvey resigned Wednesday as Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore, telling university officials that recent events devalued her role as a student leader. Her resignation is the first time in memory the queen representing the campus either stepped down or was removed from the position.

Her attorney, William Hall of Salisbury, would not comment about the charges, and said Harvey was not discussing the case with media.

Harvey made news in 2012 as a contestant in the Miss Delaware USA pageant, a precursor to the Miss USA contest. In an online profile at the time, NJ.com described the Newark, Del., resident as an honor student who studied dance, acrobatics, piano and violin. Harvey also was a member of the Cathedral Choir of Delaware, with which she sang at the White House during the George W. Bush administration, the publication states.

In a Monday letter to the former queen, the UMES Office of Campus Life, a division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, called Harvey’s behaviors “inconsistent with a UMES student and someone of your position.”

The letter, obtained by The Daily Times, instructed Harvey to relinquish her duties as Miss UMES and return a crown, sashes and office keys associated with the title. The letter was signed by Qiana Drummond, interim director in the Office of Campus Life.

“You are hereby suspended and removed from your position and role as Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore,” the letter stated. “With receipt of this letter, you are to immediately refrain from performing all duties and responsibilities related to the position of Miss UMES.”

Harvey was first charged shortly after midnight on Feb. 15 during a Homecoming Week student dance at the William P. Hytche gymnasium.