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May 8, 2014

Central, PPD take complaints seriously

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“When it came to my attention, we worked on it,” Bokinsky said. He did not know why the incident had not been shared with his department immediately. The college cannot compel victims to call the police. If the college sees a pattern of incidents, the administration can make the police aware.

Bokinsky did not learn of the incident until December 2013. During the ensuing investigation, the accused told police that the girl was asked if she wanted to have intercourse. When she said yes, he went to his room to retrieve a condom and they had intercourse. The accuser said she was too intoxicated to provide consent, which is why Central began its investigation.

The accuser, after being invited to the PD to speak to an officer about what happened, told police that she never intended to press charges. Veenstra met with her on Dec. 15, and she reiterated that she did not want to press charges. She was told that if she did not want to press charges, the police would not investigate the matter further. The report says that she understood and she was given the officer's business card in case she changed her mind. The PPD considered the case closed and no criminal charges were filed.

Central's administration handles many complaints, but when the incidents rise to the level of a crime, the PPD gets involved. Bokinsky said everyone involved is cognizant of the effect this incident had on the alleged victim.

“(Central's administration takes) these things seriously,” Bokinsky said. “They work very hard to do the right thing.”

Central's initial response to a complaint is to care for one who may be suffering. The college could take “interim measures” to help the complainant continue the educational process.

Title IX provides Central the authority to suspend, remove from classes or the entire campus, one who is accused of sexual assault. If the college did nothing, the federal government could view the inaction as not being responsive and failing to meet the requirements of Title IX.

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