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Hobart pres. responds to NY Times article

Geneva, N.Y. - The President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges has issued a statement about a New York Times piece focusing on how the schools handled an alleged rape case.

In a statement posted on the colleges' website, President Mark Gearan said in part, "As a father of two daughters, I was especially disheartened that our campus was the place of such sorrow and tragedy for one of our students."

The Times' front page article described the case of freshman "Anna" - who said that the schools mishandled the investigation into the alleged rape.

President Gearan said that the school is doing several things to create a safer and more supportive campus environment. That includes the creation of a panel of faculty, staff, students and alumni who are reviewing sexual misconduct investigation procedures. They will submit recommendations to the president later this summer.

The schools are also reviewing the campus 24-hour hotline technology and have created enhanced sexual assault education courses for students and staff. They will begin in the fall.

To read President Gearan's full statement, click here.

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