College Prez Fired Over Rape, Murder Cover-Up

Parents, public were misled for 10 weeks
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2007 5:22 AM CDT
An undated photo provided by Bob Dickinson shows his daughter, Laura Dickinson. Two months after Laura was found dead in her dorm room just before Christmas break in 2006, Eastern Michigan University...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The president of Eastern Michigan University has been fired for his role in covering up the rape and murder of a 22-year-old old student in a campus dorm last year, ABC News reports. The school's vice president and public safety director were also ousted. The parents of the slain student, Laura Dickinson, were initially told there was no sign of foul play.

They first learned that their daughter was the victim of a crime 10 weeks later when another student was charged with her rape and murder. A US Department of Education investigation concluded that the three officials violated a law which requires the disclosure of campus security information. (Read more rape stories.)