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Purdue Opens Internal Review of Nutrition Camp After Molesting Allegation

Program for 11-to-15-year-olds ended early after multiple allegsations of vioilence, sexual misconduct

(WEST LAFAYETTE) - Purdue has launched a formal review of claims of threats and sexual assault at a teen research camp.

Alysa Rollock, Purdue's vice president for ethics and compliance, will review how Camp DASH reports and responds to incidents and how its counselors are trained. 

Camp DASH is for students age 11 through 15 to learn about healthy eating, and particularly the risks of too much sodium. Purdue closed the camp two weeks early after campus police began investigating reports that one camper had molested another. A statement from President Mitch Daniels' office says there were other accusations involving the same camper. There are also claims of other sexual misconduct, fights, and threats of violence.

The camp runs in two separate 25-day sessions. Purdue says it weighed whether to cancel the second session after seven campers were expelled from the first, but decided to move forward while giving counselors additional training. The sexual assault accusation involves a camper in the second session.

Purdue police and the Department of Child Services are still investigating. No criminal charges have been filed.

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