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“The Grand Jury declined to charge Dezmine Wells with any criminal offense,” [Hamilton County prosecutor Joe] Deters said in a statement. “I have nothing but the greatest respect for Xavier University, and in particular (president) Father (Michael) Graham. I would sincerely hope the institution would revisit this situation.”
“There is something seriously flawed with a procedure where a young man and his accuser appear before a group of people, which I would suggest probably isn’t very well trained in assessing these types of cases, and they sit there and tell their stories. No lawyers, nothing. There’s just something wrong with that,” Deters said.
"Federal Law (Title IX) and Federal Regulations and Guidances prohibit Universities from ceding student conduct matters to the criminal justice system. The Federal Law requires schools to act quickly and all schools, by law, must use the 'preponderance of evidence' standard, whereas the criminal justice system uses the 'probable cause' standard to indict, and the 'beyond a reasonable doubt' standard to convict.
"The process used by the Xavier University Conduct Board is the standard used in American universities. The XU Conduct Board heard evidence that may or may not have been heard by the Grand Jury. After the Conduct Board reached its decision, the matter was considered and upheld by an appeal board of members of the student body, faculty and staff and is final."
"That is self-serving gobbledygook," Shiverdecker told ESPN.com after being read Xavier's statement. "I think they were committed to the process and not the fairness of the outcome. Dez Wells got thrown under a bus because of their commitment to the process."
"Within two hours of being exonerated, they say this? Why in the hell would he want to go back there?" Shiverdecker said. "My goal was not to lambast Xavier University. My goal was to exonerate Dez, to clear his name. We have done all we can to do that. I'm tickled we were able to do that today, that prosecutor made his statements public. But if Xavier wants to keep their blinders on, there's nothing nobody can do to stop them."
"It's been tough, but I am honestly thankful for everything Xavier has done for me," Wells said. [...]
"I didn't think the process was fair. I went into it as guilty and having to prove my innocence instead of them having to prove that I was guilty," he said from his home in North Carolina. "I feel like everyone rushed the process and panicked. They went with a gut feel. I understand the severity of the accusations. Rape is one of the highest felonies in the world, but I think they just panicked. But I still appreciate everything that Xavier has done for me," he added. [...]
Swift and decisive action hadn't been taken when it came to sexual assault incidents on the campus and the school was cited by The United States Department of Education for violating anti-discrimination laws after multiple sexual assault victims claimed not enough action was taken following their allegations.
"I do think what happened previously at Xavier affected what they did with me," Wells said.
"I didn't want to play anywhere else except for Xavier and Coach (Chris) Mack," Wells told Goodman.