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Update: U.S. fines WSU for campus safety

SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington State University spokesman says findings that led to an $82,500 fine against the university for violations of a campus crime reporting law are dated.

The alleged violations include not properly reporting two sexual assaults. Darin Watkins says the report relates to "how crimes were reported in 2007." He says since 2008, the school has had
"reviews and safeguards in place."

WSU was charged with failing to properly disclose forcible sex crime statistics and accurately classify offenses, and failure to include statements about campus crime reporting policies in its
annual security report.

Watkins says WSU will appeal the fine, which the U.S. Department of Education detailed in a letter to WSU President Elson Floyd on Friday.

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

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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