Appalachian State U Changes Handling Of Allegations Of Sexual Assaults

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Appalachian State University has changed the way it handles allegations of sexual assault, following up on promised reforms after controversy arose last school year when two female students said they were raped by football players.

A new Interpersonal Violence Task Force met for the first time a few weeks ago, and the university is removing students from a formal role in judging whether another student is responsible for a sexual assault.

One woman said two players raped her in the spring of 2011 at an off-campus party, and the other woman said the same two players raped her at an off-campus party in the fall of 2011.

A university conduct review board, which includes students, heard the cases during a closed-door process. More than 125 students gathered in silent protest in March, drawing public attention to how the cases were handled and asking for changes.

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