NORTON, Mass. — A U.S. Department of Justice probe found five areas where Wheaton College fell short of its legal obligations in handling reported sexual assaults.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/2dbfxc8 ) the small liberal arts college in Norton signed an agreement with the DOJ on Wednesday to reform its practices.

Federal authorities began investigating Wheaton in 2015 after a student filed a complaint stating that administrators were little help in her pursuit of action against the man who raped her.

The DOJ found that Wheaton failed to respond in a timely fashion to a report of student-on-student rape, did little to prevent an alleged rapist from continuing contact with his victim and neglected to prevent retaliation against a different victim.

A Wheaton spokesman says a number of policies, educational materials and training practices have already been revised.


This story has been corrected to show that the DOJ found that Wheaton failed to respond in a timely fashion to a report of student-on-student rape.


Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com