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A new report shows an increase in the number of University of Maryland College Park students expelled for sexual misconduct.

The University of Maryland, College Park expelled three students and suspended two others for sexual misconduct in the 2014-15 academic year, the school said in a new report.

The university's Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct said it received more than 100 reports of sexual assault, harassment, nonconsensual touching, stalking, relationship violence, intimidation and retaliation.

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Forty-eight of those reports — fewer than half — resulted in an official complaint being filed against a student.

Of those, 20 complaints were filed for sexual assault, which the university defined as nonconsensual penetration. Thirteen complaints were filed for sexual harassment, eight for sexual assault II (nonconsensual touching), five for stalking, three for relationship violence, two for intimidation and one for retaliation, according to the university's data. Four complaints consisted of multiple allegations.

"The 2015 Student Sexual Misconduct Report prepared by the University's Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct will continue to raise awareness of these critically important issues on our campus," said Crystal Brown, a university spokeswoman in a statement Tuesday.

"These statistics are important, so we can more effectively track these incidents and hold ourselves accountable for how we handle them. At the University of Maryland, we are committed to creating a learning and working environment that is free from all forms of sexual misconduct."

In the report released last week, the university said it completed investigations into 13 complaints and found seven instances of sexual assault, five of sexual harassment, three of stalking and one of relationship violence. (Three cases involved both sexual harassment and stalking, the university said.)

Fifteen complaints were voluntarily resolved, a conclusion the university said is "generally used when the provision of specific remedies adequately address the content of the complaint." In another 10 claims, the complainant declined to go forward with the process. Three complaints lacked enough evidence or information, and one was found not to be sexual misconduct.

Eighteen students faced some sort of sanctions. In addition to the three expelled and two suspended, two had their housing restricted; two were put on disciplinary probation; two had their suspensions withheld "pending good behavior"; and seven were given mandatory education and/or a writing assignment.

Six other complaints had not yet been resolved, the university said.

Nearly half the sexual misconduct complaints were reported to have happened on campus. Other reported incidents happened off campus and virtually, with some complaints involving multiple locations.

Beginning last year, all undergraduate students were required to take an online training course on the university's sexual misconduct policies. About 83 percent of the 29,161 students assigned the course completed it, the university said.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this story.

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