Hearing in Oklahoma State University sexual assault case reset

A hearing for a former Oklahoma State University student accused of sexual assault was resent for next month. Nathan Cochran, 22, is scheduled to appear in Payne County District Court at 10 a.m. April 1.
by Silas Allen Published: March 5, 2013
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— A pretrial hearing for a former Oklahoma State University student accused of sexual assault was reset for next month.

Nathan Cochran, 22, is scheduled to appear in Payne County District Court at 10 a.m. April 1.

Cochran faces four counts of sexual battery in Payne County in connection with three incidents reported as occurring between Nov. 3, 2011, and Aug. 15.

Cochran is accused of groping male students while they slept.

OSU officials suspended Cochran last year for violations of the university's sexual misconduct policy, but didn't contact police, citing concerns over the Federal Education Rights Privacy Act, commonly known as FERPA.

Stillwater police opened an investigation Dec. 7, after a reporter from the OSU student newspaper contacted the department with questions about the alleged incidents.

That investigation began three and a half weeks after OSU officials became aware of the matter.

The Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges amended the system's policy Friday requiring college and university officials to contact police when they become aware of possible sexual assault on campus.


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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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