Outside attorney hired by Oklahoma State regents to help with sexual assault report investigation


Dive Summary:

  • The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges hired an outside attorney, Dallas-based James Sears Bryant, to help with the investigation of OSU's response to reports of sexual assaults by former student Nathan Cochran, who is facing sexual battery charges.
  • Bryant works in national law firm WIlson Elser's Dallas office and specializes in higher education and sports law, and he previously led a 2008 independent investigation of sexual misconduct involving two football players at the University of Iowa.
  • Nathan Cochran is set for a preliminary hearing on Monday in a sexual battery case that police first learned of Dec. 6 through the school's student newspaper, though university officials knew of the assault reports since Nov. 12 and didn't share the information with police due to federal student privacy law concerns.

From the article:

The board that oversees Oklahoma State University has hired an outside attorney to assist with a review of the school's response to reports of sexual assaults, education leaders announced Wednesday. Dallas-based attorney James Sears Bryant will assist the Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges as it investigates the university's response to reports of sexual assaults. Nathan Cochran, a former OSU student, faces sexual battery charges. ...

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