Eastern Michigan University officially responded to a federal report that found it covered up the dorm room rape and killing of a student, stressing its efforts to more effectively respond in emergencies and more accurately report crimes. In the response released Monday, university officials say the steps are designed to comply with the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to disclose campus security information, reports the Association Press.
Efforts planned or under way include implementing a timely warning system to alert the campus of safety threats, conducting safety training for 50 employees and completing an independent evaluation to verify the accuracy of campus crime statistics during the past three years. The cover-up allegations surfaced several weeks after the Dec. 15 death of student Laura Dickinson, 22. At the time of Dickinson’s death, university officials told her parents and the media that there was no sign of foul play, despite evidence to the contrary. Three university administrators, including President John Fallon, were forced out last month.