The Kansas Board of Regents reviewed the sexual assault policies at Kansas universities during a meeting yesterday (WED). The topic has caught headlines this year after criticism from students at the University of Kansas, saying the school has mishandled some reported cases of sexual assault. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the board that KU has appointed a task force to study the issue and temporarily added a staff member who focuses on assisting victims and witnesses during the investigation process.
“Because there was a sense that there was a need for more guidance through the process, what the options are, what to do,” says Gray-Little.
The school has also created penalties if students don’t complete sexual assault training. The other Regents institutions in Kansas outlined similar efforts. Regent Shane Bangerter (BANG-a-tur) says student safety is a top priority, and he’ll be looking for ways the Board of Regents can collaborate with universities.
“I’m interested, as we take a deep dive into this subject, what initiatives there might be that this board can undertake to help you,” says Bangerter.
KU, Kansas State University and Washburn University are being investigated by the federal government for how they handle sexual assault claims. The investigation includes 85 schools nationally.