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Notre Dame Making Changes to Sex Assault Response
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The University of Notre Dame has agreed to changes in how it handles allegations of sexual assault following a review by the U.S. Department of Education.

The review came in the wake of a student from neighboring St. Mary's College reportedly accusing a Notre Dame football player of touching her breasts. She later committed suicide, and her family complained about how Notre Dame handled the case.

The agreement announced Friday requires Notre Dame to ensure students know how to report sexual harassment and what to expect after making a report. The university also agreed to make clear that it will use a "preponderance of evidence" standard to evaluate sexual harassment allegations.

The university says the review showed that the school has "outstanding initiatives in place" and provided direction for improvement.

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