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ALLEGATION OF MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATED

CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 22.--The Citadel announced today that they are currently investigating an alleged incident of sexual misconduct.

     About the 2nd of November, a male upperclassman and a female fourth-classman allegedly had a sexual encounter in the barracks. Their classmates later found out about it and rumors began to circulate. The rumors came to the attention of the cadet chain of command late Thursday, 20 November, and by Friday morning, 21 November, the cadet commander had enough corroborating information to refer the matter to the Commandant's office for investigation.

     Citations requiring an explanation in writing were issued to the two cadets Friday morning for Conduct Unbecoming a Cadet. The male cadet chose to resign rather than respond to the citation. The female cadet is currently off campus on Special Leave with members of her family. The investigation will continue upon her return.

     There is a question as to whether the sexual encounter was consensual. The answer to that question awaits further investigation. Cadet regulations state clearly that sexual activity is forbidden among cadets on campus. The Corps of Cadets is well aware of this regulation because continuing education to that effect has occurred throughout this school year.

     Citadel president, Major General John S. Grinalds, stated that, "I am pleased that the cadet chain of command handled this matter so quickly and professionally. Clearly, they are doing their job."

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