Legal Group's Director Questions Oklahoma State University's Handling Of Alleged Sexual Assaults

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Oklahoma State University officials' claim that federal student privacy laws prevented them from notifying police about a series of possible sexual assaults is unfounded, the director of a nonprofit legal assistance group said.

Frank LoMonte, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center, said his organization often looks into cases where colleges and universities clamp down on transparency while citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.

Although those issues are fairly routine, LoMonte said he thinks OSU's claims are particularly indefensible.

“This one belongs in a class all by itself,” he said.

Stillwater police are investigating a series of alleged sexual assaults involving the FarmHouse fraternity.

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