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NEWS
By Carrie Wells | May 30, 2014
Amid a series of changes to federal laws regarding how universities handle sexual assaults and sexual misconduct, the University System of Maryland is in the process of updating its two-decade-old policies on the matter. The Board of Regents of the university system, which includes 11 of the state's public four-year universities, is set to discuss the proposed revisions at a committee meeting Tuesday. The proposal is still under discussion with various stakeholders, including college presidents and their legal counsel, and a final draft will be presented to the full board in late June.
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HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
The practitioner of a now-closed Catonsville laser surgery center who was convicted of raping a woman at gunpoint in 1987 was indicted by an Allegany County grand jury last week for sexually assaulting a patient behind locked doors. Dr. William Thomas Dando, 59, faces two charges related to the alleged incident April 6 at MedExpress Urgent Care Center in LaVale, just west of Cumberland. The victim, a 41-year-old woman, told the Allegany County sheriff's office that after a nurse left the exam room, the doctor locked a door and assaulted her. Dando was released and is scheduled to appear in court next month, under an indictment filed May 23. He could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
By Lindsey S. Etheridge | May 21, 2014
" ... shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. " - Martin Luther King Jr., 1963 letter from prison Recent laws extending non-discrimination protections to transgender individuals have increased the public discourse on this topic, resulting in a cacophony of ignorant and demoralizing remarks that perpetuate the marginalization of this already sidelined population....
NEWS
Thomas F. Schaller | May 13, 2014
At every Washington Capitals home game, hockey fans at the Verizon Center - including platoons of well-heeled defense industry consultants - rise to their feet to salute one soldier, sailor, Marine or airwoman from the "Wounded Warrior" program. Every honoree has served in either Afghanistan or Iraq; many have served multiple tours. In the next few weeks, hundreds of thousands of college students with beaming smiles will march across graduation stages to accept their diplomas.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Every year on Maryland's college campuses, dozens of sexual assaults are reported to the authorities, duly logged, and reported to the public in an annual roundup. That such statistics are publicly accessible - they can be found at http://www.ope.ed.gov/security - is the result of a federal law named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her dorm in 1986. The data include murders, burglaries, robberies, aggravated assaults and other serious felonies.
NEWS
May 4, 2014
I appreciate the Sun's recent coverage of the issue of sexual assault on college campuses ( "New guidelines to battle sexual assault at colleges," April 29). Towson University is committed to preventing sexual assault and promoting the safest possible environment for our students. In addition to our strong commitment to address sexual assault, Towson University is one of the 10 institutions that formed The Maryland Collaborative. The Maryland Collaborative was established to reduce college drinking and related problems through the application of a range of evidence-based strategies.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, Erica L. Green and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
The Johns Hopkins University has come under fire for not disclosing to the campus an alleged rape at a fraternity house, leading a group of students to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and others to stage a protest Friday. Amid the pressure, President Ronald J. Daniels said Friday that the university would immediately begin an independent review of how the case was handled, and officials pledged "scrupulous self-examination. " Officials also defended their commitment to campus safety.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
The horrifying statistics on rape and sexual assault on college campuses in this country speak for themselves. Studies show that about one in five undergraduate women has experienced such an attack or an attempted attack at some point during their college years, but only 12 percent of incidents are reported. Why is justice so difficult to find in what is supposed to be a protected and enlightened atmosphere of a college or university? Advocates say there are numerous institutional barriers that discourage reporting, including administrators who treat reports of sexual assault with disbelief and on-campus judicial systems that are difficult for a victim to navigate.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Responding to complaints that universities have fallen short in policing sexual assaults on their campuses, the White House announced a series of measures Tuesday intended to pressure college officials to step up efforts. The Obama administration wants universities to conduct "campus climate" surveys beginning next year and to clarify sexual assault policies so that victims know where to turn for help. The government is also creating a website, NotAlone.gov, that it says will help victims file federal complaints and access data on federal investigations.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
A lawsuit filed by Maryland basketball player Dez Wells against Xavier University last year was dismissed Thursday after a financial settlement was reached. The Cincinnati judge said the deal was "satisfactory to both parties. " Peter Ginsberg, Wells' New York-based attorney, declined comment. Wells could not be reached for comment. Wells sued his former school for defamation and violation of his right for a fair hearing after he was expelled from the university after his freshman year.
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