According to a statement made by the Kansas Board of Regents, it was not legally required under federal law that Wichita State University Authorities had to inform the University’s coordinator about an alleged rape case where a Wichita State University athlete had been accused of having forcefully raped a female while away from campus grounds.

As per a Kansas.com report, the aforementioned conclusion of the Kansas Board of Regents was mentioned in a letter sent by the Board’s president to Wichita State University’s Student Affairs leader, the letter was also addressed to Wichita State University’s Student Body President Matt Conklin and Vice president Joseph Shepard.

Concerned student body leaders write letters to Board of Regents

The letter was essentially a response to letters that the three individuals had written themselves, they had written to the Board of Regents asking them how it was acceptable that such a heinous crime had occurred and four days had passed before the University had bothered to inform any of the student bodies. One of the letters even claimed that it was evident that athletes were given favorable treatment over other students by the Wichita State University, according to a Kansas.com report.

They are athletes, of course they are treated a little better. They do more for the school. They represent the school.

All rapists should be punished

The Board of Regents, further justified their conclusion, they had consulted a Wichita KS sexual harassment attorney who revealed that the student affairs bodies and the title IX contender need not be informed about the case since the victim was not a student of the Wichita State University herself.

The Board of Regents even defended University administrators by saying that they had not violated any Title IX terms and they had in fact reported the incident to the Wichita State Police immediately after they had become aware of it.

Former Student Body President disappointed with the Board of Regents’ response

Matt Conklin, the former Student Body President who held the post up until just last month, expressed his discontent with the decision of the Board of Regents, he said that students were mainly concerned about safety and that it was totally unacceptable that nobody was informed after a University athlete had raped a woman. He said that the Board of Regents and the University Administrators were merely looking out for each other and had no regard for the concern of the Students and their safety.

He also mentioned that the letter they had sent was downright demotivating to students who had good intentions in mind and just wanted to do the right things, the moral things. He accused the Board of Regents of lacking any empathy, he said they had pulled out a few sentences from law books with the help of sexual harassment attorneys and had quoted them in their letters and had essentially dismissed every single concern and question that he had put forth to them in his letter.

The Board of Regents also assured the Student Body leaders that there was no threat or safety concern to students as the accused athlete was no longer with the team, as if that was some sort of compensation. Neither the university nor the police have disclosed the identity of the athlete.

Well, he is no longer an athlete.