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UConn Approves New Abuse Rules

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Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ University of Connecticut coaches, staff members and others in its sports programs will be required to report any suspicions of sexual and child abuse under new rules approved by UConn’s trustees.

The board voted Wednesday to approve the policies.

They come in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, where a former assistant football coach is charged with molesting 10 boys and two school officials are charged with failing to properly report the alleged behavior.

UConn supervisors and many other employees already must report complaints of possible sexual assault. The new policies add provisions for coaches, sports staff members and others who are considered mandated reporters.

Exemptions are made only for employees who hold confidentiality privileges by law, such as counselors and doctors.

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