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KU takes another step to prevent sexual assaults on campus

The University of Kansas in Lawrence
The University of Kansas in Lawrence

The University of Kansas has created an office to centralize campus sexual assault prevention and education efforts.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center is where all the university’s sexual assault prevention and education programming, and the creation of future programming, will take place. KU expects to operate the center with four staff members who will report to Jane Tuttle, assistant vice provost for student affairs.

Tuttle said that with the center’s staff working on education and programing, Title IX investigators will have more time to review student cases, which is their primary responsibility. Title IX is the gender discrimination law that includes guidance for schools relating to sexual violence and harassment.

“The result will be a better, more coherent sexual assault prevention and education effort that benefits the KU community,” Tuttle said.

With the opening of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center, KU has implemented or is implementing 22 of the 27 recommendations of Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little’s task force on sexual assault released in May.

This is the second task force recommendation the university has answered this month. Last week the university announced that it and the Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center — formerly known as GaDuGi SafeCenter — have collaborated to provide services to victims of sexual assault and to improve the overall response to sexual violence at KU.

KU remains on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights list of 150 colleges and universities being investigated for the way they have responded in two Title IX cases. Kansas State University has two cases on that list. Also on the list are William Jewell College in Liberty and the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, which each have a case being investigated.

Mará Rose Williams: 816-234-4419, @marawilliamskc

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