Created on Tuesday, 01 May 2012 01:02
An Appalachian State University student was found responsible for sex offenses, sexual misconduct, harassment, hostile communication and being an accessory to a code violation following a student conduct board hearing held from April 19 to 20, former Appalachian student Alex Miller said.
The student had already been suspended for eight semesters after being found responsible for charges brought by junior history secondary education major Meagan Creed.
As a result of Miller's hearing, the student will now be suspended indefinitely and cannot request reentry any earlier than fall 2017. Reentry could be subject to the chancellor's final approval, Miller said.
Miller brought the same charges against a second student, but that student was not found responsible for any charges, Miller said.
"I find it interesting that the same board found [the second student] not responsible and then later found [the first student] fully responsible," Miller said. "I believe that would be impossible to have two men say that they were with me in that room that night and both say that they had sex with me. How is it possible that I was only raped by one man?"
Miller said she plans to appeal the second student's case.
The second student is still on the 2012 football roster, Miller said.
Hank Foreman, associate vice chancellor for university communications and cultural affairs, said sexual assault cases reported through the Office of Student Conduct are heard by a university conduct board.
"These boards are convened to hear each case and provide a fair and objective determination," Foreman said. "It is an important distinction that these cases are not reviewed by a Student Conduct Board and it is the policy of the Office of Student Conduct that boards hearing cases involving charges of sexual assault receive training prior to participating in the process."
The accused students did not respond to requests for comment.
The Appalachian does not print names of alleged sexual assault victims unless given permission by the alleged victims. Miller provided that permission.
Story: ANNE BUIE, Senior News Reporter