Hobart and William Smith Colleges to change policies

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Students and alumni of Hobart and William Smith Colleges are urging changes in how allegations of sexual misconduct are handled in the aftermath of a recent New York Times story telling how the colleges mishandled a student rape complaint.

Hobart and William Smith officials have defended their response to an alleged rape of an 18-year-old freshman, which happened at the outset of last school year. The student, identified as Anna, reported that three football players assaulted her at a fraternity party. A disciplinary panel at the Geneva-based colleges cleared the students of wrongdoing.

But Hobart and William Smith officials, while disputing the Times' interpretation of events and portrayal of the colleges, say that changes are forthcoming.

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