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April 20, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Swarthmore College students, claiming that the school has failed to adequately address reports of sexual assault, filed a formal federal complaint days after administrators announced plans to review their policies and procedures. Mia Ferguson and Hope Brinn accused the college Thursday of violating the Clery Act, according to the Daily Gazette student newspaper. The complaint, accompanied by testimony from 10 other students, said the school discouraged students from reporting crime to local law enforcement agencies and underreported incidents of sexual battery, sexual assault, and rape, the newspaper said.
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January 22, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The call came in to Gabriel Gates early Thursday from one of Pennsylvania State University's branch campuses: A wallet with $10 was missing from a common area in one of the buildings. Did the school have to issue a "timely warning" to students and staff about the apparent theft, the employee wanted to know. Timely warnings are required by a 1990 federal law known as the Clery Act in cases where there is an ongoing threat to the campus community. Gates, Penn State's official in charge of monitoring compliance with the law, said a warning was not necessary.
NEWS
May 20, 2006 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sen. Arlen Specter said yesterday that the nation's colleges and universities were failing to meet their obligation to publicly report campus crimes, and he sharply criticized the U.S. Department of Education for not compelling them to do so. The federally filed annual reports are required under a law Specter (R., Pa.) authored in 1990 known as the Clery Act. According to a 2005 Justice Department estimate, two-thirds of all schools file inaccurate or incomplete reports, and a January Inquirer examination of filings by local schools found numerous Clery violations.
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May 24, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 28, 2011 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
Now the feds are involved. The U.S. Department of Education plans to begin its investigation today to determine if Penn State officials violated a federal law by failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. "We are making every effort to provide the review team with immediate access to all requested records and information sources pertaining to all aspects of Clery Act compliance," Penn State president Rodney Erickson said in a weekend news release.
NEWS
August 1, 2012 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
In 2002, when a Pennsylvania State University football standout was accused of a dorm-room rape, the details were easy to come by. After all, the alleged assault became a national news story when coach Joe Paterno allowed the accused cornerback to suit up for a postseason game despite the pending criminal charges. The only place the curious couldn't find notice of the case was Penn State's federally mandated campus crime report. It was never listed, though that was required by federal law even though the player was ultimately acquitted.
NEWS
January 17, 2006
What could give a college a bigger black eye than serious crimes occurring on or near campus? How about the revelation that a school has been underreporting those incidents? That shiner needs one salve in particular - a prompt correction of the bad numbers. Despite a federal law requiring colleges to track such crimes, a Sunday Inquirer story showed that most Philadelphia-area schools have not fully complied. The Clery Act requires colleges to report annually on crimes such as aggravated assault and robbery that take place on or near campus.
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June 8, 2005 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Saying college students "have the right to know what kind of environment they are entering," U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan yesterday announced a $334,000 grant to a King of Prussia campus-safety group founded by the parents of a murdered Lehigh University student. Meehan said the federal Justice Department grant to Security on Campus Inc. would pay for materials and staff to present seminars to university officials about their legal responsibilities to report campus crime to public authorities, support crime victims, and compile and disclose crime data.
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September 3, 2014 | BY DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writer segelbd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5917
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.
NEWS
October 1, 2008 | Connie Clery
Today, colleges nationwide are required to release their annual security reports to students, listing crime statistics for the prior three calendar years and campus security policies. The reports are not always examined by students, and parents might see them as just another envelope or e-mail from the institution. But they represent a victory of my life's work - on behalf of my daughter Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University 22 years ago. The perpetrator, another student who regularly burglarized to support his alcohol and drug habit, was stealing from her room when she awoke.
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January 30, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 8, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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September 3, 2014 | BY DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writer segelbd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5917
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.
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September 3, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ & CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writers madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
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.
NEWS
May 3, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 18, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
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.
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