• University addresses sexual assaults among university students

    By: Mark Becker


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The arrest of University of North Carolina at Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen raised questions again about the culture of big-time athletes on college campuses and those few who take the macho too far.

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    “We take these sort of situations very seriously,” said Jennifer Newell, coordinator of UNC Charlotte's Title 9 programs, which address issues of sexual violence on campus.

    Newell said they investigate cases ranging from sexual harassment to sexual assault, and encourage everyone to get involved in preventing those incidents.

    “We expect that everyone does their part, and that includes being an active bystander,” Newell said. “If you see something, you need to say something.”

    In Olsen's case, it was the victim who said something.

    Earlier this month, a Davidson College baseball player was also charged with sexual assault. The accused, George Coleman, is no longer listed on the team's roster.

    UNC Charlotte campus students said being an athlete should not entitle you to a different set of rules.

    “I was an athlete in high school and I never sensed anything like that to come from other male athletes, anything like that,” junior Dmitri Nobles said.

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