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WSU combats rise in substance, sex abuse

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State University will do more this fall to ensure that incoming freshmen are better prepared to make healthy choices when it comes to drugs, alcohol and sex. 

John Fraire, WSU's vice president of student affairs, says the emphasis on student safety results from an increase in substance and sex abuse taking place on the Pullman campus and throughout the country in recent years.

Beginning this fall, every incoming freshman will participate in a mandatory orientation session to discuss topics related to sexual abuse. Students will learn about WSU's rules regarding sexual misconduct, and about the effect alcohol can have on decision-making abilities.