(State College) -- Penn State says it will require companies that make university-licensed clothing in Bangladesh to sign a contract that ensures workers' safety.
The policy will be effective at the end of March and is in response to safety hazards in the southeast Asian country, where a garment factory collapsed last year and killed more than 1,100 workers.
If companies do not sign the legally binding contract, called an ``accord on fire and building safety,'' the university will end the license agreement.
University administrators said they consulted the student group United Students Against Sweatshops as part of their decision-making.
President Rodney Erickson said the contract is the most effective way for companies to protect workers.
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