Dartmouth College Close to Finalizing New Sexual Assault Policy

Published 04/22 2014 10:36PM

Updated 04/22 2014 10:57PM

HANOVER, N.H. - Dartmouth College will soon move forward with a new sexual assault policy.
This comes as the school is under federal investigation for what has been happening on campus.

This is sexual assault awareness month at Dartmouth. It's an issue the university president calls an urgent priority and soon a new policy concerning it will take effect.

At Dartmouth College Tuesday, students held a Take Back the Night rally to bring attention to sexual violence.

This comes as Dartmouth held a final forum about its proposed new sexual assault policy.

"First of all, it would represent a singular sexual assault process for the discipline of students for the entire institution," says Robert Donin, general counsel.

Different policies for each school would be gone. So would committees to look into a report of a sexual assault.

"We would have each case investigated and responsibility determined by an outside trained investigator," says Donin.

While some questioned who the investigators will be, the school hopes the move encourages students to come forward. Students accused of sexual assault could face mandatory expulsion.

Some people think there should be a change in campus culture and that students need to think differently about sexual violence.

Dartmouth College Dean Charlotte Johnson says more is being done on prevention and support. She says she's working with President Obama's task force looking into sexual violence on college campuses across the country.

"Dartmouth is right in the midst of this national conversation," says Johnson.

That new policy is expected to go into effect in June.

No word on when the U.S. Department of Education's Title IX investigation into Dartmouth will be complete.

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