Wrongly Accused UND Student Will Not Return To UND

October 25, 2011

The mother of a UND student who was falsely accused of sexual assault and kicked out of school says her son will not return to UND.

Sherry Warner-Seefeld says her son Caleb Warner just wants to put the incident behind him and get on with his life. Nearly two years after being accused of rape Warner’s expulsion was reversed.

Despite being cleared of the charges, Warner wasn’t able to get his expulsion reversed until he brought in the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to represent his case.

He was accused of four violations of the code of student life including violation of a criminal or civil law, sexual assault, interference and sexual misconduct.

Warner was never arrested and never formally charged for the accusations. He was earlier found not in violation of the sexual misconduct.

Warner’s accuser, a UND student at the time, was charged with making false allegations.

He admitted having sex with the alleged victim, but has maintained it was consensual.

Despite being cleared of the charges, Warner wasn’t able to get his expulsion reversed.

That is until just about a week ago when UND vacated the expulsion after Warner brought in the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education to represent his case.

UND had refused to reopen the case as late as August 2010.

The school told Caleb Warner not to set foot on campus for three years, after a student relations committee ruling in February 2010.

A Grand Forks police spokesman said the alleged victim has returned to live in her home state of California.

Jim Vigness, the Grand Forks police detective who investigated the case, said he talked to the alleged victim after the warrant was issued, but wouldn’t comment about what she said.

Asked about the UND hearing that resulted in Warner’s expulsion, Vigness said, "All I can tell you is that the proceeding at the university took place before my investigation."

Some information from the Associated Press

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