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Rape allegations surfacing against Wake Forest hoops team

May 17, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

Thursday could be an embarrassing day for the Wake Forest basketball program.

A former Wake Forest student will appear on the Today Show to discuss an alleged rape that occurred before the March 19, 2009 NCAA tournament game against Cleveland State, according to an announcement by the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes on its Facebook page.

How the school and players on that team handle the allegations remains to be seen. There will undoubtedly be announcements before the show and rampant speculation about who was involved.

The segment airs around 8 a.m. ET.

UPDATE: Wake Forest president Nathan Hatch issued a statment today. The complete text follows.

Dear Members of the Wake Forest Community,

It is my understanding that on Thursday, NBC’s Today Show plans to air a story about the problem of sexual assault on college and university campuses. We have been advised by a producer of the Today Show that the story will include an interview with a former Wake Forest student involving an incident that occurred several years ago. I am aware that some members of the local news media have received an email purporting to provide information about that incident. I have also recently learned that this same email may have been circulated more broadly, and some members of our Wake Forest community may have received it in their personal email accounts.

Regarding this matter, I must emphasize that Federal law (FERPA) prevents the University from discussing specifics of this or any other student case. I can assure you the University takes these issues seriously, has a well-established Code of Conduct and has procedures for hearing alleged violations of that Code of Conduct. In addition, Wake Forest offers significant resources to support our students in times of need.

Fostering a positive and respectful living and learning environment is of paramount importance at Wake Forest University. As part of our Pro Humanitate mission we strive to treat all of our students with integrity and compassion.

Rest assured that the University is taking appropriate action to respond to this matter.

Sincerely,

Nathan Hatch

President

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  1. mogogo1 - May 17, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Well, this certainly puts the hiring of Jeff Bzdelik in a different light. He always seemed like an odd choice–he never got Colorado over the hump but he was going to step into the ACC and bring WF back to life? But, he’s got a clean reputation and a daughter attending WF. Just the sort of guy you want if you suspect a scandal is about to erupt.

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