Univ. of Wyoming revising mandatory reporting by journalists

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Laramie, Wyo. - 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 Laramie Boomerang reported Tuesday that 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.