By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. — 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 doesn't publish the names of crime suspects until they are formally charged in court.
Sexual misconduct as described by the OSU Code of Conduct includes 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 a statement attached to the documents. “The university’s thoughts are with the students involved and OSU appreciates the cooperation of the students who brought allegations forward.”
The university began meeting 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. All parties had until 5:01 p.m. Tuesday to appeal the results.
Last week Stillwater police learned about the allegations and have launched a joint criminal investigation with OSU police and Tahlequah police. At least one victim alleged he were assaulted in Tahlequah, Tahlequah police said.
According to the statement, OSU officials once again encouraged victims to contact police following the start of the criminal investigation. At least two have.
Anyone with information that will help the police investigation are asked to contact the Stillwater Police Department at 405-742-8385 or the Oklahoma State University Police Department at 405-744-6523.