Former student not indicted on rape charges

A Lauderdale County grand jury did not indict a former UNA student accused of sexually assaulting another student at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house in January.

The jury found there was not enough evidence for the male to be charged with first-degree rape during its June session, said Lauderdale District Attorney Chris Connolly.

The female filed a report at the UNA Police Department Sunday, Jan. 20.

According to the report, the alleged crime took place Friday night, Jan. 17 into Saturday morning, Jan. 18.

In her statement, the girl said she went to Rape Response, a Shoals sexual violence advocacy center, the next day for a medical exam.

The accused student’s attorney, who asked to remain anonymous, said he is currently working with university officials to ensure the student is in good academic standing.

He said his client is no longer a UNA student but will enroll in another university.

Criminal cases are separate from student conduct cases, therefore one ruling does not affect the other, said Director of Student Conduct Kim Greenway.

“Any sanction that was issued through the university conduct process would still stand,” Greenway said. “But we don’t release the results of conduct cases except to the parties involved.”

She said the purpose of Student Conduct cases is to be an educational process for all parties involved.

Connolly said if any new evidence is discovered, he can refile the charges.