By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS ****ociated Press TULSA, Okla. (AP) -
The head of Oklahoma State University's governing board said Friday that the school will review its handling of claims made last month by at least four male students who said another male student ****ually ****aulted them.
Andy Lester's promise of a full review of OSU's actions comes amid worries that the school erred by not taking the matter to the authorities and instead trying to deal with the matter internally.
School officials said they encouraged the alleged victims to go to police, but that they, themselves, didn't do so because they feared it might violate a federal law protecting student privacy. Lester, chairman of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, said Friday there may have been "unique circumstances" with those cases where students "needed ****urance of a private setting for them to step forward."
The complaints surfaced between Nov. 9 and Nov. 28, but they cover alleged ****aults that go back more than a year.
Nathan Cochran, a 22-year-old former member of the FarmHouse fraternity, was charged Wednesday by Payne County prosecutors with three counts of ****ual battery. Stillwater police have spoken with several of Cochran's alleged victims and suggested this week there could be more than a dozen additional cases. The fraternity kicked Cochran out on Nov. 7.
Terry Graham, a FarmHouse alum and president of the OSU chapter's corporate board, said he met again with members of the fraternity earlier this week and encouraged anyone who thinks they may have been victimized to come forward.
"I told them if anyone else thinks they were a victim, you need to come forward now," he said. "No one has come forward."