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December 12, 2012

OSU suspends student found responsible on four violations

STILLWATER — A 22-year-old Oklahoma State University student has been found responsible for four sexual misconduct violations by a student conduct committee hearing panel. He has been suspended for three years. His suspension starts Friday, according to documents released Tuesday by the university.

The student was ordered not to have contact with any of the complainants.

The student hasn’t been arrested by law enforcement agencies and hasn’t been formally charged. The NewsPress does not publish the names of crime suspects until they are formally charged in court.

The university’s Code of Conduct describes sexual misconduct as anything from sexual touching or exposure to forcible rape.

“Oklahoma State University followed all laws, including the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and policies while carrying out its student conduct process. The university acted responsibly and swiftly to take action on the allegations brought forward by students,” according to an Oklahoma State University statement. “The university’s thoughts are with the students involved and OSU appreciates the cooperation of the students who brought allegations forward.”

The university began hearings with the first of five complainants on Nov. 12 and all hearings and rulings were completed Nov. 30. All parties were notified of the hearing results Dec. 3, records show. They had until 5:01 p.m. Tuesday to appeal the results.

OSU officials encouraged victims to contact police following the start of the criminal investigation. At least two have.

Last week, Stillwater police learned about the allegations from an anonymous email to OSU’s student newspaper and have launched a joint criminal investigation with OSU police and Tahlequah police.

As the university released its findings and actions Tuesday, the criminal investigation involving three police departments began to gain steam.

“The facts that are coming forward at this time are that a suspect is alleged to have committed numerous sexual assaults on an, as of yet, undetermined number of young men,” Stilllwater Police Capt. Randy Dickerson said.

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