College Vows to Improve Response to Sex Crimes

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014  |  Updated 12:59 PM EDT
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College Vows to Improve Response to Sex Crimes

NBC Philadelphia

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Swarthmore College officials say they've implemented several recommendations to improve their handling of alleged sexual assaults and harassment on campus.

President Rebecca Chopp says the college will continue to do more. Her comments came Thursday as she released a consultant's final report examining the school's policies and procedures.

Chopp says Swarthmore plans to expand its education and prevention efforts; establish a confidential peer support group; better track and analyze reported offenses; and publish an annual report summarizing how cases are handled.

The consultant was hired last spring in part due to student complaints about how Swarthmore treats alleged victims of sex crimes.

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A preliminary report released in July led to the hiring of an advocate for victims of sexual violence.

Swarthmore serves about 1,500 students outside Philadelphia.

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