The court hearing for history professor Paul Kennedy, who faces several charges after hitting a student earlier this month, has been postponed to Mar. 9, following his first appearance at the Elm Street Superior Court Thursday .

Kennedy was arrested after his vehicle struck Marisa Green MUS ’06 on Feb. 2. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, illegally operating a motor vehicle while under suspension, illegally operating a motor vehicle without insurance, following too closely and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, but some of his friends and colleagues have publicly challenged those charges.

History professor John Gaddis said the accident occurred when Kennedy, who lives nearby, got up in the middle of the night to check on Gaddis’s wife at his request. Gaddis was out of town at the time.

Court officials said the postponement is a standard court procedure.

Kennedy said he does not wish to comment until the case is closed. His attorney, Greg Pepe, could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

— James Warrick-Alexander