The associate dean of students at Indiana University and the Title IX Coordinator is on paid administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse. Jason Casares also resigned from the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).
The president-elect of the ASCA, Jill Creighton, who is also a staff member at New York University, published an open letter Thursday alleging Casares sexually assaulted her at a meeting in December in Texas.
Creighton filed a complaint with the ASCA on December 10, 2015.
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The ASCA board of directors hired the law firm Hutcheson Bowers LLLP to look into Creighton’s claims. In a statement released today in response to Creighton’s open letter the ASCA wrote, that “Following a rigorous investigation Hutcheson Bowers determined that Ms. Creighton’s claims could not be substantiated.”
In a statement, Tony Paganelli, Casares’ attorney said his client “categorically denies the false accusations of sexual misconduct .”
Mark Land, spokesperson for Indiana University, said IU found out about the allegations Wednesday night.
“IU is investigating,” Land said. “While we look into it, he’s [Casares] on paid administrative leave.”
The university is also conducting an independent review of all sexual misconduct cases from this academic year that Casares was involved with. The cases are heard by three-member panels, which include Casares. The number of cases under review is fewer than 20.
Casares was named associate dean of students in 2011.