The president of the Psi U chapter at Cornell University has been charged with a sexual assault that allegedly took place in his bedroom at the fraternity’s chapter house in Ithaca, New York. Wolfgang Ballinger, president of Cornell University’s Psi Upsilon chapter, turned himself in to police Feb. 4 after a campus-wide crime alert had been posted days earlier informing students of the alleged assault, according to a university statement. Having represented one victim of sexual assault at the Psi U chapter house at Wesleyan University, our hope is that the victim in this case, and her family, find all of the answers related to how such an egregious crime happened and, in the end, hold those responsible for this tragedy accountable to the full extent of the laws.
“Colleges are now really starting to feel enough pressure that they know they have obligations,” said Cari Simon, a lawyer who has represented sexual assault victims across the nation. “In the K-12 cases, I have seen a lot of complete incompetence, a complete lack of even knowing they have responsibilities.”
On February 11, Cari Simon will be sharing her expertise with the American Bar Association in a presentation on Campus Sexual Assault. The series is free, registration available at HERE.