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11/11/2014 03:04 pm ET Updated Nov 14, 2014

Lincoln University President Apologizes For Rape Remarks

Lincoln University President Robert Jennings apologized Tuesday following criticism of his remarks about rape on campus that surfaced this week.

The remarks, originally made in September, claimed women on the Pennsylvania campus had lied about rape when things didn't "turn out the way they wanted." His comments came to light this month after a four minute video was uploaded to YouTube.

"It is obvious that I did not clearly communicate during a portion of September's All Women's Convocation," Jennings said in a letter to the Lincoln community. "My message was intended to emphasize personal responsibility and mutual respect. I apologize for my choice of words. I certainly did not intend to hurt or offend anyone."

Jennings also called the office of Robert Langley, head of the faculty union, to apologize to the instructors on campus.

The letter goes on to encourage students to report any concerns of sexual misconduct on campus. However, he did not retract his statement that women on campus had reported false allegations of rape, despite pushback by the local district attorney's office. Jennings' full apology can be read below:

Message From President Jennings by Tyler Kingkade


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