SMU To Review Handling Of Sexual Assault Reports

DALLAS (October 1, 2012)--Southern Methodist University officials say they will form a task force to evaluate how the school handles reports of sexual assaults in a move that comes after two students month were arrested in separate cases last month.

One case took eight months for an arrest while the other took two days.

Some victims' advocates have questioned whether SMU's student disciplinary process adequately protects victims while their cases wind through the university and sometimes the criminal justice system.

Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, said her office wants to make sure victims get their day in court in a timely manner.

SMU spokesman Kent Best says in a statement that the school takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously.


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