- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - Dartmouth College students face a deadline for commenting on a proposed policy that calls for tougher punishment for students found responsible of sexual assault.

Under the proposed policy changes, a trained external expert would investigate allegations and determine responsibility for sexual assault, and a single disciplinary system would apply to undergraduates, graduate students and organizations.

Sanctions also would be strengthened. Students would be automatically expelled if found responsible for assaults involving penetration accomplished by force, threat or restraint or in the case of an assault involving penetration and motivated by bias.

The punishment also would be mandatory expulsion the second time a student is found responsible for any sexual assault.

Students have until the end of the day Monday to weigh-in.

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