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Duke Rape Investigation Not Concern To Parents, Students

Posted August 22, 2006

— As students arrive at Duke University Tuesday, many have heard about the ongoing investigation concerning the school's lacrosse team. However, students said they are not worried about the decision to attend the school.



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Three members of the lacrosse team have been charged after an exotic dancer claims she was raped and beaten at an off-campus party in March.

"A lot of people always ask about it when I say I'm going to Duke. But it really has no real effect on me. It was in the past," said student Spencer Jasper.

Parent Elizabeth Silenzi, who is dropping her daughter off at the school, said the lacrosse situation does not scare her at all.

"It really hasn't because it's a big school and it was a bad situation," she said.

Jasper said he cannot change what happened in the past at the school, and he does not regret his decision to attend Duke University

"I'm just happy to be here. It's a great school and I'm happy to get an education," he said.

For the first time ever, Duke officials are limiting media access this week to a few hours each day, and many orientation-week events are closed to the media completely.

University officials said they re-evaluated the school's media policy for orientation after the rape investigation. Classes at Duke University start next Monday.

College students across the Triangle are back on campus. Classes begin at N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill, Peace College and Meredith College Wednesday. Classes are under way at Shaw University, St. Augustine's College and N.C. Central University.


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