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Sexual Assault reported at Farmhouse fraternity house; no members were present

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Stillwater Police is investigating a sexual assault at the Farmhouse fraternity house during the time a high school group was leasing the building.

Stillwater police are investigating a reported sexual assault that occurred in the Farmhouse fraternity house June 25.

No Farmhouse members were in the house at the time of the incident, according to a statement from Farmhouse. A member of the fraternity said the house is leased to the Upward Bound college preparatory program for low-income and first-generation college students.

The assault was reported early June 29, and reportedly occurred between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. on June 25, according to a police public incident report. The incident was classified as forcible fondling, including child molestation.

The house is leased to Upward Bound for the summer, a federally funded program through Oklahoma State University’s diversity office, according to a statement from OSU.

“We are supporting the local officials as they look into this matter,” the statement said. “When the program organizers learned of the incident, they did the right thing by promptly notifying the local authorities.”

Stillwater police Lt. Dale Higgins said the investigation was in its infant stages as of Thursday, and no arrests had been made as of Tuesday.

OSU’s Farmhouse chapter made national headlines in 2012 and 2013 when former member and OSU student Nathan Cochran was accused of sexually assaulting other male students. Cochran pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery in September 2013.

During the investigation of the Cochran case, OSU was criticized for not releasing Cochran’s name to the police after the university had completed its own student conduct hearing earlier that year when several victims reported the assaults the student conduct office.

A board of regents review later found OSU misinterpreted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act in withholding that information from police.

The review stated FERPA doesn’t prevent universities from reporting crimes to the police. 

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