January 30, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University would require most of its employees - from janitors to professors and secretaries - to report allegations of sexual misconduct, under a recommendation from a university task force report being released Thursday. But the employees could offer to refer a victim to a mental-health counselor or certain other staffers who could keep the story confidential. The recommendation, one of 18 to emerge from the report on campus sexual assault and misconduct, would be unusual for so large a university, though it has been adopted by some smaller colleges.
September 8, 2014 |
The second annual report from former Sen. George Mitchell describing Penn State's progress in complying with provisions of the consent decree agreed to in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal is scheduled to be released Monday. A spokesman at Mitchell's law firm, DLA Piper of New York, confirmed the timing of the report. Mitchell, who was named Penn State's athletics integrity monitor after the NCAA sanctions were handed down in July 2012, issued his first annual report last September.
September 3, 2014 |
IN APRIL 1986, Jeanne Ann Clery, 19, a freshman from Bryn Mawr, was raped and murdered inside her dorm room at Lehigh University, in Bethlehem. Four years later, Congress passed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which dictates how colleges and universities must report crime statistics. Here's how the Clery Act works: Public and private colleges that get federal money must report seven types of crimes that happen on their campuses and in areas they control: * Homicide * Sex offenses * Robbery * Aggravated assault * Burglary * Motor-vehicle theft * Arson Colleges must include statistics about crimes that happen on public property, defined as areas immediately adjacent to campus such as streets and sidewalks.
September 3, 2014 |
IN JANUARY 2011, a University of Pennsylvania student was assaulted about three blocks from campus, allegedly by a "flash mob" of up to 40 youths. Penn did not issue an alert to students about the incident. On Easter weekend last year, a 20-year-old La Salle University student was abducted about a mile from campus and sexually assaulted. La Salle officials did not send out an alert. Five months ago, a 19-year-old Temple University student was walking with her boyfriend a block from campus when a group of teens approached, one of whom beat her face with a brick.
May 3, 2014 |
Five area colleges are among 55 nationwide being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education for possible mishandling of sexual assault and harassment cases. Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, and Franklin and Marshall College are on the first-of-its-kind list, released Thursday. The investigations are looking for possible violations of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Officials declined to release details of the investigations.
February 1, 2014 |
SWARTHMORE Swarthmore College has made - or is working on - virtually every recommendation from an outside consultant to improve its handling of sexual assaults on campus, college officials said Thursday. The college released a final report from Margolis, Healy & Associates that showed Swarthmore had brought on additional staff, provided training for employees, and adopted an interim policy on the handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints. All are recommendations highlighted in an interim report by the consultant last summer.
July 18, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into whether Swarthmore College violated federal regulations in its handling of sexual harassment and assault cases on its 1,545-student Delaware County campus. Rising juniors Mia Ferguson, an engineering major from Cambridge, Mass., and Hope Brinn, an educational studies and sociology/anthropology major from Wilmington, alleged in a complaint to the department in May that the college created a sexually hostile environment by failing to properly handle cases of sexual harassment and violence.
July 17, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State has received a preliminary report from the federal government regarding whether its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal complied with campus crime reporting requirements, the university said yesterday. The school said that neither it nor the U.S. Department of Education was permitted under the law to release information about the report at this time, but that details will be made public after the federal agency makes a final determination when it finishes its review.
May 24, 2013 |
A women's-rights lawyer said Wednesday that federal suits had been filed against several U.S. colleges, including Swarthmore College, alleging that the schools did not properly handle students' sexual-assault allegations. Two other complaints making similar claims were filed against Swarthmore last month. It was not immediately clear how many of the suits filed Wednesday were against Swarthmore. The complaints are not public, according to Gloria Allred, but they allege that the schools - Swarthmore, Dartmouth College, the University of North Carolina, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Berkeley - did not comply with Title IX or the Clery Act. Title IX, commonly known as a law related to women's sports, also contains civil rights requirements.
May 10, 2013 |
IN THE DARKNESS of night, the complaints were etched in chalk up and down the walkways of Swarthmore College, a 399-acre oasis of green quads and liberal student activism southwest of Philadelphia. "Welcome to Swarthmore," said one of the scribblings that recently confronted students - and administrators - when the sun rose. "Home of my rapist. " The so-called chalkings, which infuriated Swarthmore's president, were a turning point in a controversy that has rattled one of America's top-ranked liberal-arts schools.