OSU President Calls For Investigation Into How Sex Assault Complaints Were Handled

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Friday, December 14, 2012

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.

That student, Nathan Cochran, 22, was charged Wednesday with three counts of sexual battery in a case police first learned about on Dec. 6 through the university's student newspaper.

The school learned of the complaints on Nov. 12 but handled the case as an academic matter and never notified police. The school ultimately decided to suspend Cochran, beginning Friday. School officials have said that federal privacy laws led them not to report the case to police.

Hargis has asked that Andy Lester, chairman of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, conduct the investigation through a task force that was set up over the summer to review policies regarding sexual misconduct in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal involving former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

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