LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas received nearly twice as many sexual assault complaints in 2014 than the year before. School officials attribute the increase to improved awareness of the crime.
The school’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access says it received 169 complaints last year, compared with 85 in 2013.
IOA Executive Director Jane McQueeny says 120 of the 169 complaints were filed under Title IX, which requires campuses to provide an education environment that is free from sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports McQueeny estimated half of the 2014 complaints came in after September, when students protested against the university’s handling of alleged rape complaints.
She says 28 of the complaints remain open, and five new complaints have been filed so far this year.