Schools should not punish a victim of sexual abuse if she broke rules on drugs or alcohol use, the guidelines say.
April 4, 2011 And in guidance being announced by Vice President Biden today, schools are being told they must investigate such cases in a timely manner. The announcement follows problems uncovered in an investigation by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity.
There's still debate about whether men who commit sexual assault on college campuses are predators, or men who got drunk and made a mistake.
March 4, 2010 One reason colleges have a hard time stopping sexual assault is a misconception about who is committing these crimes. The assumption is that rapes are often committed by young men whose judgment is impaired by drinking. But one researcher says many rapists are serial predators and intentionally look for vulnerable women.
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March 1, 2010 NPR's investigative team has been working with reporters at the Center for Public Integrity on a sensitive topic: sexual assaults on college campuses. The investigation shows that campus discipline systems rarely expel men who are found responsible for a sexual assault. Today, Tell Me More focuses on an exception to that norm: the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., which expelled a young student for sexual assault. Host Michel Martin discusses the case, and the larger issue of campus sexual assault, with Paul Irish, dean of student conduct and community standards at the College of Holy Cross, and Kristen Lombardi, a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity who has reported extensively on this topic.
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February 27, 2010 This week, NPR launched a series of stories its investigative team has been working on with reporters at the Center for Public Integrity. The investigation focuses on the troubling and persistent problem of sexual assaults on American college campuses. NPR's investigative team has been working with reporters at the Center for Public Integrity to look at the troubling problem of sexual assaults on American college campuses. Those reports have been heard on NPR this week. Joseph Shapiro, the lead reporter for the series, speaks with host Scott Simon to talk about the findings.
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When Margaux learned that the college ruling meant she'd still have to attend university with her assailant, she dropped out of school.
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February 26, 2010 Even after reporting her rape to campus security, Margaux found the school reluctant to punish her assailant. And she didn't feel safe with him still on campus. So she took her case to the federal level.
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Margaux's parents were shocked at how few options there were for their daughter to prosecute the man who sexually assaulted her.
February 25, 2010 NPR News Investigation: Margaux was a freshman at Indiana University when, she says, another student living on her floor raped her. The local police refused to prosecute, so Margaux took the case to the campus justice system. In the end, it seemed to Margaux's family that the entire system was designed to just make the victim go away, to pretend the crime never happened.
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Laura Dunn in 2003, a year before the incident that changed her life.
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February 24, 2010 Despite federal laws created to hold colleges accountable, schools almost never expel men found responsible for rape. Victims who do report the crime are left with few options, and have been unable to count on help from the government's oversight agency.
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