Judge reduces WSU fine for campus safety



SEATTLE (AP) — A federal administrative judge has reduced a proposed campus safety fine against Washington State University from $82,500 to $15,000.

The fine from the U.S. Department of Education is for violations in 2007 of a campus crime reporting law. WSU was accused of improperly reporting two sexual assaults.

The university did not dispute the violations but appealed the amount of the proposed fine, which was announced last August.

In his ruling, the judge wrote that there was no evidence of a fraudulent intent by anyone associated with the incorrect crime reports.

The judge also noted that the same mistakes are not likely to happen again because of improvements implemented by WSU’s new police chief.