University's handling of sex assault case leads OSU President to call for investigation
- Following 22-year-old Oklahoma State student Nathan Cochran being charged Wednesday with three counts of sexual battery in a case police learned about on Dec. 6 through the school's student newspaper, OSU President Burns Hargis is calling for an investigation of how the school handles sexual assault complaints.
- The school, which learned of the complaints on Nov. 12, handled the situation as an academic matter and suspended Cochran, but Hargis says the school cannot tolerate sexual misconduct and must clear up questions on how the case was handled, amending and strengthening its policies and procedures if necessary.
- Hargis has requested that the case be reviewed by OSU/A&M Board of Regents Chairman Andy Lester through a task force set up this summer to review sexual misconduct policies in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State.
From the article:
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis called for an investigation Thursday into the way the school handled sexual assault complaints involving a student accused of groping male students. ...
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