Penn State board warned of negative impact of sexual misconduct, briefed on new initiative

Associated Press

An administrator who led a task force that recommended Penn State change how it handles sexual assault and misconduct says allegations about a fraternity's secret Facebook page shows the need for school trustees to continue work on those issues.

Vice president for student affairs Damon Sims told the board at a meeting in Hershey on Friday that there may be no more high profile or incendiary issue in higher education today than sexual misconduct.

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He says that's illustrated by news this week that police are investigating the Penn State chapter of Kappa Delta Rho over online postings of nude or semi-naked women asleep or passed out.

Sims says the investigation echoes themes schools are encountering nationally. He's warning the board about how sexual misconduct can damage the lives of students.