RI colleges draft programs to fight sexual assault

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More than half of Rhode Island's colleges require online tutorials in sexual-assault awareness for freshmen living on campus.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1swXvpS ) that Providence College students who fail to complete the tutorial could be blocked from registering for classes.

Roger Williams University freshmen who fail to comply risk being locked out of their dorms on weekends.

The tutorials are part of Increased efforts by colleges nationwide to address sexual-assault prevention on campuses.

But experts in prevention say online tutorials and performances during freshmen orientation are only a start in what's needed to tackle the problem

The greater attention comes close to the Oct. 1 deadline for compliance with the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act that requires prevention and awareness programs for incoming students and new employees.


Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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