University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe was in the nation’s capital Wednesday as part of a White House task force to protect students from sexual assault.
By MARÁ ROSE WILLIAMS
The Kansas City Star
Wolfe was one of 20 university presidents who participated in what will be nine such meetings called for by President Barack Obama.
“The safety and security of students on our four campuses is an absolute priority of my administration,” Wolfe said in a statement after the meeting.
Last month, Wolfe directed chancellors of the system’s four campuses to lead comprehensive reviews of the policies, training and procedures involved in reporting sexual assaults, plus the availability of mental health resources.
The system’s focus on sexual assault came after reports surfaced alleging that the University of Missouri in Columbia mishandled the alleged rape of former university swimmer Sasha Menu Courey. The university learned about the allegations after Courey committed suicide.
Wolfe told The Star earlier this week that after reports come back on the systemwide review and on an investigation being done by independent counsel that University of Missouri curators hired to look into the Courey case, he will devote “any necessary resources, including increased funding from the UM System budget,” to address the issue.
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