The New York Times is reporting Yale quarterback Patrick Witt, who caused a stir by turning down a Rhodes scholarship interview to play in the Harvard game, did not turn down a Rhodes scholarship interview. The paper claims Rhodes Trust had shelved Witt’s candidacy already, after discovering another student had accused him of sexual assault.
In September, according to people with knowledge of the situation, a female student went to Yale’s Sexual Assault Harassment and Response and Education Center, claiming Witt had assaulted her in her dormitory room. The woman later made a complaint to the University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct, created last July as part of Yale’s new approach.
According to the New York Times, the woman filed an informal complaint against Witt. He is not enrolled at Yale and has not graduated. Yale would not address the issue because of a confidentiality policy.
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