Independent report on MU’s handling of Menu Courey case to be released April 11

04/02/2014 2:33 PM

04/02/2014 5:12 PM

The University of Missouri and the state’s three other land-grant colleges have completed the first phase of a system-wide review of resources for sexual assault victims and the mentally ill.

University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe called for the detailed inventory of current resources, policies and practices related to incidents of sexual assault as well as access to mental health services at each of the state’s four campuses. The review was started in response to concerns about the handling of former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey’s sexual assault allegations.

Menu Courey sought on-campus treatment after an alleged sexual assault by members of the Missouri football team in February 2010, but the incident was not reported due to privacy laws. She subsequently committed suicide in June 2011 and the allegation went public after her parents read about it posthumously in her journal.

Wolfe called for the MU system’s schools to “take the lead in making sure our campuses take an active role in addressing sexual assault and mental illness to help promote a campus culture of respect and safety for our students, faculty and staff,” he said in a statement.

Wolfe also reiterated his commitment to providing the resources and funding “to educate the campus community about sexual assault prevention as well as an effective process for reporting such incidents, plus adequate capacity to address mental health issues.”

An independent firm hired to review MU’s response to Menu Courey’s allegations will present its findings to the university system’s Board of Curators during its April 11 meeting in Rolla.

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