UConn to Add Resources to Deal With Sexual Violence

February 10, 2014

University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst announced Friday that she is making several institutional changes to better address sexual violence on campus, two months after the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights announced it would investigate a Title IX complaint from students alleging the university isn’t doing enough.

The changes are recommendations from a task force Herbst appointed last summer to “deter and address” sexual violence. Herbst presented the group’s report on campus Friday, and announced she’d immediately enact several recommendations, including designating one office as a point of contact to help victims navigate campus policies and resources. Herbst said the university would also expand educational programming, and add support and resources that specifically target sexual violence (such as bystander intervention training), among other things.

In addition to filing the Title IX complaint, a group of students sued the institution and said Connecticut has shown “institutional indifference” toward sexual assault, a charge that Herbst denied.

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