sexual harassment

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A commission has been convened by the faculty of the University of Delaware to make recommendations on improving the school system’s sexual harassment and assault policies.

The task force efforts range from looking at education and training programs and holding hearings to conducting an online climate survey to assess the prevalence of sexual assaults on campus.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the initiative comes in the wake of a rally last September held by hundreds of students who called for changes in the school system’s policies.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University System of Maryland is updating policies on sexual misconduct, including assault and harassment, as the issue of rape on campus receives greater scrutiny from the federal government.

A Board of Regents committee is considering changes such as barring schools from requiring mediation between an alleged victim and the accused. Draft revisions also include an expanded definition of consent, and new definitions of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

A Superior Court jury rejected a sexual harassment claim by former Delaware State Police employee Diana Miller.

Miller alleged that she had been coerced into having sex by her superior during her time at Troop 2.

Captain John Laird who was accused of the harassment retired in 2007 shortly after Miller first made her accusations.

The Deputy Attorney General Michael McTaggart told the jury that the relationship was consensual.