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News & Notes: Harvard forms sexual harassment committee

Harvard University president Drew Faust announced the creation of a sexual assault task force in an email to the Harvard student body and faculty on Thursday afternoon.

Former Harvard Provost Steven Hyman, who oversaw the creation of Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault and Response, will chair the task force, Harvard’s independent newspaper The Crimson reports.

Last year, Harvard formed a working group to evaluate if its sexual assault policies were in accordance with federal Title IX regulations. The 17 members include current students, professors and administrators.

The task force will evaluate whether community members are educated about sexual misconduct and if administrators are properly trained to assist students who report it. It will emphasize sexual misconduct prevention methods and community awareness. The announcement came three days after an anonymous Opinion column was published in The Crimson detailing a student’s frustration with the administration’s lack of response to her sexual assault accusation.

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