Jun 052012
 

The Obama administration today tells colleges and universities that they need to do a better job preventing sexual assault and then investigating when an assault is alleged.

The action responds to problems that were uncovered last year in an investigation done by NPR in collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity, an online investigative journalism organization.

Schools should not punish a victim of sexual abuse if she broke rules on drugs or alcohol use, the guidelines say.

Getty ImagesSchools should not punish a victim of sexual abuse if she broke rules on drugs or alcohol use, the guidelines say.

The guidance from the department of education does not create new laws or regulations, but tries to clarify issues that college administrators said had caused confusion and, according to NPR’s investigation, often left victims of sexual violence feeling they got little protection.

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