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UConn Revises Policy On Abuse Claims

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By PAT EATON-ROBB
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The University of Connecticut is drafting a new policy that would require all employees to report any allegation of sexual abuse.

School spokesman Mike Kirk told The Associated Press the policy is expected to be presented to the school’s Board of Trustees in January.

The school currently requires deans, directors, department heads, and supervisors receiving complaints to refer them to the school’s Office of Diversity and Equity.

The new policy would require any employee who is not required by law to maintain confidentiality to report any alleged sexual assault to that department or other appropriate school officials.

Kirk said the new policy was in the works before allegations of sexual abuse involving coaches emerged at Penn State and Syracuse.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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