A college admissions officer “categoricially denied” a student accused he raped a classmate after learning the student was a college student.
The officer said she was not aware of the allegation, and said she had not heard of the case.
“I am going to be extremely disappointed and I will make sure that the college is held accountable for that, and I am very, very sorry that I let it slip through,” said the college’s vice president of admissions.
The college’s dean of students said it was not unusual for college officers to deny admission to students accused of crimes.
She said: “I have seen cases where officers have denied admission to people who they have never heard of, or that they are going to have to deal with, or the case has been resolved.”
The dean of admissions at a top US college said the student’s alleged assault on a fellow student did not merit an appeal, as the alleged crime was not sexual assault.
“He’s not going to get a fair shake on the college campus, so we’re going to do what we need to do to try and make sure he gets a fair chance,” said Jessica Anderle, the dean of the College of William and Mary.
She was speaking after an official with the College said she and her senior vice president had heard of “multiple sexual assault allegations” against the student, but she had yet to receive a complaint about the alleged rape.
AnderLE: The College is “aware of multiple sexual assault accusations”.
We are going through the process of evaluating these allegations and determining what action to take in the future.
The College has not been notified of any sexual assault allegation, she said.
Ms Anderles said the College was “totally committed” to ensuring that “the safety of our students is our top priority”.
But she said she wanted to make sure “the college is holding people accountable”.
She said the officer had informed her that the alleged assault was “not in any way related to a student who was an undergraduate student”.
The student was the vice president for admissions, and was not a college employee, but the college did not confirm the case, or any other college student allegations.
It is the first allegation of sexual misconduct against a college admissions official in the US.
The incident came to light in the spring of last year, after the student accused a former classmate of raping him.
The university suspended the alleged victim, a former senior in college who did not wish to be named, for the rest of the semester.
He was subsequently suspended from the college.
In the fall, the university expelled the alleged student from the university, and charged him with sexual assault and battery.
The accused student had been an active student at the university.
“At the time, we were also aware of multiple allegations of misconduct by the college,” the college said in a statement.
“The college has taken all necessary actions to investigate the allegations and take appropriate disciplinary action.”
AnderLe: The school is “truly sorry for the pain and hurt” caused.
The University of North Carolina System is also “cautiously optimistic” about the college student’s prospects.
The school said it would “continue to work diligently to protect our students and to ensure that they do not face additional harm”.
The College of Williams and Colonsay is a public university with more than 8,000 students, and is in the eastern part of the state.
The system is also home to one of the country’s largest universities, the University of California, Berkeley.