DIGGING DEEPER: Huntington University vice president accused of sexual assault, resigns

A criminal complaint alleging sexual assault has been filed by a student against a high-ranking administrator at Huntington University, ABC21 has learned.

The report accuses Vice President for Advancement Vincent Haupert of assault on a young man with whom he reportedly had a mentor-student relationship. The incident allegedly took place on July 31 at a home in Huntington that, property records confirm, is co-owned by Haupert.

ABC21 is not identifying the alleged victim — a man in his early 20s. A family member declined to comment on the accusation, telling ABC21 that police and prosecutors asked the alleged victim and relatives to wait until their investigation is complete.

As of Thursday afternoon, no charges had been filed.

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department was the initial responding agency. Because of potential conflicts of interest at local departments, sources tell ABC21 that the investigation has been turned over to Indiana State Police.

An ISP spokesman would only confirm that the agency was "conducting an investigation in Huntington."

ABC21 initially contacted university officials regarding Haupert on Tuesday. On Thursday afternoon, after a follow-up inquiry, a spokesperson emailed the following statement: "On Tuesday, August 7, Vince Haupert resigned his position at Huntington University, effectively immediately. "

Haupert’s biography was removed from the Huntington University website.

Haupert, 50, joined the university in 2010. In 2011, he was promoted from his position as major gifts officer to the post of vice president for advancement.

He is the son of Dale and Elaine Haupert, the namesakes of the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies at Huntington University. The family provided the lead gift that, according to the school, spurred the creation of the institute in 2014.

Huntington University is a self-described "Christ-centered liberal arts institution" that is associated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. As such, it expects students and faculty to adhere to a moral code that is far stricter than many colleges.

The school’s student handbook notes that members of its community should embrace Biblical teaching and community standards, including "high standards of sexual purity." It further notes, "Sexual relations are reserved for the institution of marriage between a man and a woman."

Haupert is, himself, a graduate of Huntington University, according to his online resume.

Reached by phone on Thursday, Haupert hung up without comment.

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