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IU Administrator Accused Of Sexual Assault

Jason Casares

Photo: Courtesy Indiana University Bloomington

Jason Casares was named the Associate Dean of Students in June, 2011.

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 Open Letter to Membership

 

Creighton filed a complaint with the ASCA on December 10, 2015.

Jill Creighton

Photo: Courtesy ASCA

Jill Creighton worked with Casares at the Association for Student Conduct Administration.

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.”

ASCA Statement On Casares

 

In a statement, Tony Paganelli, Casares’ attorney said his client “categorically denies the false accusations of sexual misconduct .”

Jason Casares Attorney Statement

 

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.

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  • Roger Liu

    How ironic. ASCA seems very determined to make sure their board members get the due process they deny to students. At many universities, a male student accused of similar conduct would have no right to call witnesses during their hearing and no right to confront their accuser. Based on this fact pattern, they would get bounced from school with nasty note on their transcript. They can all but kiss graduate school or employment with a large corporation or the government goodbye. All without anything that even looks like due process.

  • Roger Liu

    Here are some quotes from victims of the current moral panic about sex that is burning on our campuses:

    “At first I thought they didn’t want me to participate in campus activities. Then I thought they didn’t want me to graduate. Now they don’t want me to have a job or be part of society. Do they want me to commit suicide? Is that what they want me to do? What is the endgame?”

    “The whole world seems hopeless and like, your heart pounds and the world — the walls — kind of close in on you,”

    This is the emotional toll of putting people through kangaroo courts for the sole crime of men. Given that the ASCA is a bunch of kangaroos, I am playing the world’s smallest violin for Jason Casares.

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