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Report: Schools fail to properly handle sexual violence on campus

WASHINGTON – On many levels and in many ways, the nation’s colleges and universities are failing in their handling of sexual assaults on campus, a report commissioned by a U.S. senator says. Her survey included the University of Connecticut, where the handling of sex assaults on campus has been under scrutiny. Continue Reading →

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The Basics: Improving services for sexually assaulted college students

The state Senate has given final approval to a bill that imposes requirements on how public and private colleges must respond to students who have been sexually assaulted, and what services must be provided to them. “There has been much disarray in the process in the past,” said Sen. Steve Cassano, Democratic chairman of the Higher Education Committee. “This bill is only a first step.”

The bill’s passage follows the filing of a lawsuit  against The University of Connecticut last fall by a group of students who said school officials had been “deliberately indifferent” when they sought help. It also comes on the same day that The White House released recommendations and a few promises on what will change so students get the services they need. “Colleges and universities need to face the facts about sexual assault,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement when releasing the recommendations. Continue Reading →

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Lawmakers vote to require better responses by CT colleges to sexual assaults

The House bill seeks to improve how all higher education institutions in Connecticut respond when a student comes forward to report an assault, and to boost prevention through bystander training akin to the “see something, say something” campaign. Continue Reading →

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After UConn sexual assault complaint, CT women lawmakers call for change

The ripples continue from complaints against the state’s flagship university for how it handled reports from students of sexual assault. The 54 women in the General Assembly Thursday released a list of changes to state law they are seeking in the legislative session that begins next week. Continue Reading →

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Following complaints, UConn adds two new positions to investigate sexual assaults

The University of Connecticut Wednesday released job announcements for two newly created jobs to investigate allegations of sexual assault and harassment. These positions follow the filing of a complaint and lawsuit against the university by a group of students who say UConn mishandled their accusations of sexual assault last fall. “The newly formed position of Lead Title IX Investigator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator will play a significant role in the University’s coordinated response, prevention and education initiatives,” one of the job announcements reads. Continue Reading →

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Feds to investigate UConn’s handling of sexual assault reports

A federal agency will investigate whether the University of Connecticut responded appropriately when students reported they were sexually assaulted or harassed. A group of UConn students have said that university officials showed them “deliberate indifference” when they reported they’d been assaulted or harassed. The decision to investigate by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights follows the office’s finding that the complaint is appropriate for an investigation. Continue Reading →

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UConn prof says her support of outspoken student may cost her her job

Two professors who were publicly critical of the University of Connecticut’s handling of threats against a female student earlier this year have left the university and a third says she is being driven out by her department. Heather M. Turcotte, a tenure-track professor in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, was one of three faculty members publicly critical of UConn President Susan Herbst for what they characterized as the administration’s poor response to threats of rape and violence made against a female student. Continue Reading →

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UConn’s ‘rape trail’ is symbol of school’s larger problem

Storrs — About 6 feet wide, winding through the woods behind the University of Connecticut’s campus, the half-mile paved path starts at the back of a commuter parking lot and leads to off-campus apartments. Lined with trees and bushes with orange and red leaves this time of year, it’s an often-used shortcut between campus and student housing complexes. Continue Reading →

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