Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

August 23, 2013

VMI says procedures not followed in cadet’s claim

ROANOKE, Va. — Virginia Military Institute says procedures weren’t followed in the reporting of a female cadet’s sexual assault claim.

VMI spokesman Stewart MacInnis says the 2010 claim was supposed to be reported to the school’s inspector general after the cadet’s claim was given to a higher ranking officer. Instead, VMI’s commandant of cadets confronted the accused staff member.

The Roanoke Times says the inspector general learned of the incident eight months later and started his own investigation. After that investigation ended, the staff member left his job. The cadet didn’t file a police report and no criminal charges were filed.

The U.S. Department of Education contacted the woman in May as part of an ongoing investigation into the Lexington college’s treatment of women, who were first admitted in 1997.

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