STILLWATER, Okla. – It’s an award no one wants to get.
The Society of Professional Journalists said the winner of this year’s “Black Hole Award” is Oklahoma State University.
The Student Press Law Center said the university deserves the award for not notifying students, the public or police that a known serial sex offender was on campus.
When asked why, OSU officials originally cited confidentiality requirements.
Former fraternity member Nathan Cochran is facing multiple charges of sexually assaulting other male students while they were sleeping.
The school conducted an internal investigation and is changing their policies as a result of the incidents.
Nominations for the Black Hole Award come from journalists, open-government advocates and the general public.