Feds Fine WSU For Not Properly Reporting 2007 Campus Sex Assaults

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Federal education officials have fined Washington State University $82,500 for violations in 2007 of a campus-crime-reporting law, including not properly reporting two sexual assaults, the university said Friday.

WSU will appeal the fine, spokesman Darin Watkins said.

The U.S. Department of Education detailed the fine in a letter to WSU President Elson Floyd on Friday, more than five months after federal education officials completed an investigation of WSU's campus-crime statistics.

The government acknowledged in a report sent to Floyd in March the university has made improvements to its crime reporting since the incidents, but the report says those corrective measures do not diminish the seriousness of the violations.

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