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Franklin College launches way to report possible violations with former president

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 15:15:00-05

FRANKLIN — Franklin College has launched a way for people to anonymously report possible communication violations with a former president accused of child sex-related crimes, according to a message sent to the campus community.

Monday's announcement of the new procedures, sent to the campus community, comes less than a month after former president Thomas Minar was arrested on alleged child sex crimes in Wisconsin.

Faculty, students, or staff who may have communicated with Minar in a way that may have violated the college's sexual misconduct policy, can report the the incident online or by calling 1-855-858-3344, according to the message sent to the campus.

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According to the college's policy highlighted in the message, "community members who choose to exercise the positive responsibility of reporting will be supported by the College and protected from retaliation."

Campus Counseling services are available to students, faculty, and staff on-campus, according to the message. Off-campus counseling services are available through ASSIST Indiana, which has an office in Franklin. ASSIST Indiana can be contacted at 317-739-4456.

The college also is reporting as of Sunday, the former president has removed all of his personal items from the president’s home and will not return to the residence. The locks in the home have been changed.