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Tuesday
Oct112011

Notre Dame Says Goodbye to Sheepskin Diplomas

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH BEND, Indiana) -- No longer will graduates from Notre Dame University be able to earn a sheepskin.

That's because the South Bend, Indiana school, famous for its football team and fight song, will no longer be issuing sheepskin diplomas.

It seems that a growing number of students each year have requested a paper diploma, citing animal rights concerns.  So beginning in January, Notre Dame will end its longstanding tradition of handing out sheepskin diplomas and switch to all paper certificates instead.

The university's decision isn't all that magnanimous.  It turns out that Herff Jones Co., which makes the diplomas, has decided to stop producing the sheepskin variety.

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Friday
Feb182011

Notre Dame University Hit With Second Sex Assault Complaint

Photo Courtesy - Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- Notre Dame University has been hit for a second time in recent months with accusations that it failed to properly investigate an allegation from a young woman that one of its students sexually assaulted her.

The charge is particularly sensitive for Notre Dame, one of the country's most prestigious Catholic universities, because the school is still reeling from the suicide of Elizabeth Seeberg.  Seeberg was a 19-year-old student at neighboring St. Mary's College who killed herself on Sept. 10, 2010 after Notre Dame did not aggressively pursue her sexual assault complaint, her family has said.

The Seeberg family issued a statement to ABC News on Friday saying "Notre Dame's investigatory process has failed another young woman entrusted to its care."

Both incidents occurred around the same period.  Seeberg claimed she was molested Aug. 31 and committed suicide 10 days later.

The new accusation claims another St. Mary's student was sexually assaulted on Sept. 4.  According to St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, the woman reported the attack to police within 24 hours, went to a hospital for a rape kit, and met there with Notre Dame police.

At the hospital she was also met by a sexual assault victim's advocate and a nurse trained in sexual assault protocols.

The student, whose name was not released, met again with Notre Dame police on Sept. 11 -- the day after Seeberg's suicide -- at which time she told police she wanted to press charges.

But this past week Dvorak's office told the young woman and her family that it would not proceed with a prosecution because of a lack of evidence.

That decision has angered the student's family.  The woman's father told the Chicago Tribune that he had met with the university's president and police to plead for a prosecution.

The woman, who admits she had been drinking before the alleged assault, told the Tribune that she felt the police were protecting the university instead of her.

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