Univ. of Wyoming Revising Mandatory Reporting By Journalists
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming says it will revise a policy that currently includes student journalists among school employees required to report sexual misconduct to campus officials.
The move came after the university police chief questioned a reporter at the student newspaper, the Branding Iron, about a story that included an unsourced allegation of sexual assaults by a dormitory resident assistant.
Chief Mike Samp said he wanted to find out the source of the allegation to determine if a crime had occurred. Newspaper editor Taylor Hannon said the request has had a chilling effect on her staff.
The vice president of student affairs, Sean Blackburn, says his office will work with the board that oversees the newspaper to change the policy.