U. of Portland Revises Sexual-Assault Policy

March 3, 2009

The University of Portland, in Oregon, has changed its policies so that the institution grants amnesty on drinking-related matters to students who come forward to report that they have been sexually assaulted, the Willamette Week reported. Many colleges have such exemptions so that students who may have been drinking prior to an incident -- in violation of campus rules and drinking-age laws -- won't feel discouraged from reporting a rape or assault. But until recently, Portland didn't have such an exemption. The change followed a reported assault. The newspaper noted that because the university didn't publicize the new exemption, some students held a protest against the old policy, holding signs accusing the university of being "Screwed UP."

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