Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

By Kristen Lombardi

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… Fight Back: www.girlsfightback.com …"

"… students who have filed Title IX complaints with OCR. Resources The Center for Public Integrity’s series on Sexual Assault on Campus: www.publicintegrity.org/inves …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vice President":

"… n a variety of fronts to curb what everyone from President Barack Obama to Vice President Joe Biden to Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called an “epidemic” …"

New scrutiny on campus sexual violence highlights Center findings

By Gordon Witkin

New efforts are aimed at both assisting schools and putting pressure on them to assist victims of sexual violence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law enforcement":

"… d sexual assault in years, and that coordination between campuses and area law enforcement agencies was weak.  …"

White House group releases recommendations on fighting campus sexual assault

By Kristen Lombardi

White House task force issues recommendations to combat vexing problem.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Public Radio":

"… Campus: A Frustrating Search for Justice” — done in collaboration with National Public Radio — showed that campus judicial proceedings regarding allegations of sexua …"

Obama moves to address campus sex assault issues raised by Center series

By Kristen Lombardi

President creates task force to help protect students from sexual violence

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… enter for Public Integrity. Flanked by senior members of his Cabinet at a White House ceremony, Obama signed a memorandum establishing the so-called White House …"

"… White House ceremony, Obama signed a memorandum establishing the so-called White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Consisting of the Educ …"

"… ves frequently turned upside down. A new report, released yesterday by the White House Council on Women and Girls, describes college students as “particularly …"

One-fifth of female veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan show signs of sexual trauma

By Caitlin Cruz and Asha Anchan

News21 investigation reveals that the VA is struggling to deal with female vets who have been sexually assaulted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… she said. “I still have horrible anxiety, especially with crowds, but in Montana you tend to have less of that.” News21 Fellow Mary Shinn contributed to …"

Washington fury over military sexual assaults hits the Pentagon

By Richard H.P. Sia and Douglas Birch

President Obama calls for punishing, firing or discharging those involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Assault":

"… crime,” Army Maj. Gen. Gary Patton, director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, acknowledged to reporters. Nonetheless, bo …"

New sexual assault trouble in the Air Force

By Richard H.P. Sia

An officer responsible for stopping AF sexual assaults is accused of that offense

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Antonio":

"… with allegations of misconduct at its Lackland training headquarters near San Antonio, Texas. Instructors were found to have sexually harassed, improperly touch …"

Report details lives ruined for children put on sex-offender registries

By Susan Ferriss

Human Rights Watch investigates how minors, even for innocuous offenses, can end up on sex-offender registries for life.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sex offender":

"… charged as an adult, and as of 2012 was facing registration for life.” Sex offender laws, the report says, “that trigger registration requirements for child …"

Students from two colleges file federal complaints related to sexual assault

Students from two colleges file federal complaints related to sexual assault.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… filed against Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and Occidental College in California, alleging violations of the Title IX civil rights law, and in Occidental …"

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act headed for President's signature

By Kristen Lombardi

Measure takes on issues raised by Center probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… etailing how her allegations of rape by a crew member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison took the university nine months to investigate, before deciding ag …"

Notre Dame case highlights complexities of campus sexual assault investigations

By Kristen Lombardi

Notre Dame case illustrates continuing struggles

Excerpts from this story referencing "Violence Against Women Act":

"… incorporated, as Section 304, into the Senate’s re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, but not the House’s. Advocates were pinning their hopes on the bill mak …"

Justice Department launches probe into sexual assault at the University of Montana

By Gordon Witkin

Inquiry will look at handling of sexual assault cases at University of Montana.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Holder":

"… aint against members of the UM football team.   Attorney general Eric Holder called the allegations “very disturbing.” He said the department’s p …"

FACT CHECK: Biden inflates Michigan crime figures

By FactCheck.Org

On a U.S. tour promoting the American Jobs Act, Biden bungles a few statistics on crime, sexual assualt

Excerpts from this story referencing "Crime":

"… in 2010, a jump of about 9 percent, our analysis of FBI reports shows.Crime is bad in Flint, no doubt, but Biden makes it out to be worse than it is.B …"

"… rapes have tripled. He’s badly wrong on all counts. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports for those years show that the number of reported rapes declined fr …"

"… didn’t explain that.The FBI gets its data from the city, because Uniform Crime Reports are voluntary and self reporting. If there was a mistake on t …"

GAO says Pentagon IG is still adrift on investigating sexual assaults

By Evan Bush

GAO says the Pentagon isn't making progress on its sexual assault responsibility

Reed College still struggling with campus sexual assault policies

By Lee van der Voo

Reed College, an elite Oregon school, is struggling to put the the debate over campus sexual assault policies to rest

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… said a review of Reed’s compliance with three federal laws -- the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which prohibits improper disclosure of personal …"

IMPACT: Official calls mishandling of sexual assault cases 'staggering'

By Sarah Favot

Official blames colleges for 'misplaced sense of values and priorities'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… s judicial boards to decide the fate of their assailants. …"

"… rance with Vice President Joe Biden at the University of New Hampshire.The Education Department, meanwhile, is issuing the first federal guidelines for sc …"

Portland college students demand changes in sexual assault process

By Lee van der Voo

Students at Portland's Reed College demand changes to the school's approach to sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Assault":

"… dean for student and campus life at Reed, co-chairs the college’s Sexual Assault Task Force and that, “his experience and expertise have enhanced the col …"

"… aterials and student training, hiring a student coordinator for the Sexual Assault Task Force and convening a student-staff-faculty committee on sexual assau …"

Biden, Duncan highlight new federal guidance on campus sex assault probes

By Kristen Lombardi

Obama administration hopes new policies will address problems raised by Center series.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Violence Against Women Act":

"… ederal government on handling these cases.Biden, who authored the landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994, called on colleges and universities to be leaders in tackling the …"

Center collaboration with NPR wins Peabody Award

A Center for Public Integrity collaboration with NPR was recognized with a Peabody award for NPR

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… g congressional action on Capitol Hill, and leading the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen its oversight of how colleges and universities handle campus …"

"… of how colleges and universities handle campus rape cases. Next week, the Education Department is set to announce new guidance on how schools should address s …"

The Center’s impact in 2010

By Bill Buzenberg

The true value of an investigative story is not measured in Web hits, media partners or awards – it’s whether our reports help improve the w

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… xual assault reports online for the first time. As well, the Department of Education cited two universities with Title IX violations as a result of the investi …"

Education Department touts settlement as ‘model’ for campus sex assault policies

By Kristen Lombardi

The U.S. Department of Education says two recent settlements will serve as a new model for how colleges, universities, and the department de

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ns against three more universities in the next year. …"

"… nter — in collaboration with National Public Radio — reported that the Education Department rarely investigates student allegations of botched school proce …"

"… t saying that foul play had not occurred. In June 2008, a complaint to the Education Department spurred by the Dickinson case resulted in a $350,000 fine again …"

"… e dean was eventually acquitted of the criminal charge. But last year, the Education Department found that the college had violated Clery reporting requirement …"

Center's campus assault series part of Congressional hearing record

By Caitlin Ginley

The Center for Public Integrity’s Sexual Assault on Campus became part of the official record of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing tod

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Justice":

"… t.Carter’s testimony pointed to the Center’s findings, as well as to a Department of Justice statistic that fewer than five percent of female undergraduates who have b …"

Continuing impact from Center series

By Kristen Lombardi

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And as commemorating events get underway nationwide, the Center for Public Integrity’s recent proje

Excerpts from this story referencing "Crime":

"… his colleagues plan to unveil a final version of the SAFE Blueprint at the Crime Victims’ Rights Forum, a meeting sponsored by the Congressional Victims …"

"… st filed paperwork to form a nonprofit group called Parents Against Campus Crime, which is intended to help parents navigate the college disciplinary proce …"

'Undetected rapists' on campus: A troubling plague of repeat offenders

By Jennifer Peebles and Kristen Lombardi

A chilling case of sexual assault at Texas A&M

Excerpts from this story referencing "Violence":

"… a 2002 study of nearly 1,900 college men published in the academic journal Violence and Victims. “The vast majority of rapes are perpetrated by serial offen …"

Lax enforcement of Title IX in campus sexual assault cases

By Kristin Jones

Feeble watchdog leaves students at risk, critics say

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… Jones, a high-level official at OCR for more than four years of President George W. Bush’s administration, said that when pushing colleges to change their polici …"

An uncommon outcome at Holy Cross

By Kristin Jones

Expulsion rarely results from college disciplinary actions in sexual assault cases, making the Holy Cross case a notable exception.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Expulsion":

"… s mother says, by the knowledge that college officials did not believe him.Expulsion rarely results from college disciplinary actions in sexual assault cases, …"

A lack of consequences for sexual assault

By Kristen Lombardi

Students found “responsible” for sexual assault face modest penalties, while victims are traumatized

A curious anomaly at UC Davis

By Kristin Jones

Our nine-month investigation into sexual assault on campus has made one thing clear: the federal records on campus sex offenses fail to capt

Excerpts from this story referencing "Violence":

"… t statistics were artificially high. The director of the school’s Campus Violence Prevention Program, Jennifer Beeman, had submitted numbers to the federal …"

"… was a repeat recipient of a Justice Department grant through the Office On Violence Against Women, intended in part to increase reporting of sexual assault. T …"

"… f 108 sex offense reports over three years.A spokesperson at the Office On Violence Against Women said that sexual assault statistics are not part of the appl …"

Barriers Curb Reporting on Campus Sexual Assault

By Kristin Jones

Barriers Curb Reporting on Campus Sexual Assault

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… f 152 on- and off-campus centers that provide direct services to victims. Lawyers pointed out failures as subtle as an institution’s neglecting to pro …"

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