Closings and delays

ASU to review sexual assault procedures

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BOONE, N.C. — In the wake of accusations that two football players at Appalachian State University raped two female students, the university is creating an Interpersonal Violence Task Force to collect and analyze data about violence at ASU and to recommend practices and procedures related to sexual assault, administrators told trustees Friday.

Chancellor Ken Peacock has sent out invitations to specific faculty, staff, students and a community member to become members of the task force.

One woman said the two players raped her in the spring of 2011 at an off-campus party, and another woman said the two players raped her at an off-campus party last fall. The Watauga County District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute the two football players.

The allegations were handled at ASU by a university conduct review board, a process that takes place behind closed doors. But about 125 students gathered in a silent protest on campus March 2 and drew public attention to their concerns about how the cases were handled.

The two women have spoken out about how their cases were handled, shining a light into a process that is usually secret. One of the football players was found responsible for sexual offenses and sexual misconduct. The other player was found not responsible. Both football players are no longer at the university.

This article was written by Monte Mitchell and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.