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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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Why wasnt the Boone PD involved in this

If both cases happened off campus it should have been a law enforcement matter to begin and end with. Enough of these colleges covering up for their 'star' athletes.. As far as Im concerned if theres allegations the victim should notify LEO and then have it processed properly. LEO isnt likely to play favorites and the DNA and physical evidence doesnt lie. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Forensic Specialists can tell the difference between what would be consensual vs non-consensual sexual conduct and contact.