DOJ: Wheaton College fell short in handling of sex assaults

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NORTON, MASS. >> A U.S. Department of Justice probe found five areas where Wheaton College fell short of its legal obligations in handling reported sexual assaults.

The Boston Globe reports the small liberal arts college in Norton signed an agreement with the DOJ on Wednesday to reform its practices.

Federal authorities began investigating Wheaton in 2015 after a student filed a complaint stating that administrators were little help in her pursuit of action against the man who raped her.

The DOJ found that Wheaton failed to respond in a timely fashion to a report of student-on-student rape, did little to prevent an alleged rapist from continuing contact with his victim and neglected to prevent retaliation against a different victim.

A Wheaton spokesman says a number of policies, educational materials and training practices have already been revised.

This story has been corrected to show that the DOJ found that Wheaton failed to respond in a timely fashion to a report of student-on-student rape.

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com


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