ASU changes handling sex assault allegations
BOONE, N.C. (AP) – Appalachian State University is changing how it handles sexual assault allegations as part of school officials’ promises of reform after problems arose when two female students said football players raped them.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported that one change is the university no longer allows students to judge whether another student sexually assaulted someone.
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.
After one of the women complained to the U.S. Department of Education, the school agreed to change its handling of such allegations, including setting up a task force.
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