Penn State president endorses new sexual misconduct policies

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State’s president is throwing his support behind a set of recommendations designed to improve how the university handles sexual misconduct cases on campus.

President Eric Barron said Tuesday the school will hire a new coordinator and set up an office to address sexual misconduct and related issues.

The new official will have to implement a new approach to investigating such cases, conduct an annual survey and set up an expert advisory committee.

The recommendations were announced last month by a task force Barron established last year.

The group task force also recommended making victim support services more available at campuses outside University Park.

There will be new training for faculty and staff, and freshmen will have to take a course about student safety and well-being.

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