Posted: Jun 19, 2014 3:09 PM by Brittany Rendak, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jun 19, 2014 6:49 PM
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Board of Curators voted Thursday to amend parts of the rules and regulations related to Title IX enforcement. The approved changes include the implementation of every university employee to be a mandated reporter with the exception of health care workers, lawyers and others with confidential privileges.
All of the recommended changes come from UM System President Tim Wolfe. The recommendations are considered by Wolfe and the Sexual Assault and Mental Health Task Force to be "non-controversial" and just a start. They plan to implement more changes.
The task force said its objective is to create a safe and secure environment for students and employees on campuses.
The board also unanimously voted to give temporary delegation of authority to Wolfe regarding mental health and sexual assault issues. It allows him to make these changes within the next few months.
Curator John Phillips said Thursday he wanted to make any necessary changes Thursday. He said they are still looking for further changes in processes to protect the rights of those victimized.
"This is a work in process,we may only be a quarter of the way through, don't expect this to be a cure all," Phillips said.
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Deborah Noble-Triplett gave a presentation to the task force to update the process so far.
"In order to be effective and exemplify best practice we note and understand we need to overcome fragmentations where they exist, this drives us to make an extraordinary effort to communicate effectively consistently and frequently as well as provide coordination across the system and within the individual campuses," Noble-Triplett said.
She said the next step is developing a resource, policy, and practice recommendations system that is wide and campus specific.
Phillips said the next step is taking broader issues to reduce sexual assault on campuses and the work will be ongoing.
The meeting continued Thursday night and into Friday morning. The curators will not meet again until October.
Posted 9:40 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - An early morning fire broke out in a house at 6399 Old Village Road Thursday.
Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said a couch caught fire in the living room, causing smoke and heat damage throughout the room. The woman living there and her two dogs were able to escape without injury.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Posted 8:41 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
MEXICO - Mexico Public Safety arrested a man early Thursday morning in connection to a shooting in Mexico.
The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to calls of a man being shot just before 2 a.m. Thursday and found a 32-year-old man in the road in the 900 block of Carrico Street. (More)
Posted 6:56 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
SPARTA (AP) - A southwest Missouri police chief has been placed on leave after killing a pit bull.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sparta Police Chief Andrew Spencer was placed on leave Tuesday.
A police report says a resident told Spencer earlier this month that (More)
Posted 5:40 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
OZARK (AP) - A Missouri woman has been found dead after shooting at bail bondsmen and exchanging gunfire with law enforcement.
Sgt. Jason Pace, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, identified the woman killed Wednesday afternoon as Somer Brook Speer, of Ozark. She also is a bondwoman (More)
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Posted 5:37 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Dozens of turkeys were cooked Wednesday in preparation for a community meal Thanksgiving day.
This marks the 18th year of Almeta Crayton's Community Programs "Everybody Eats." A full Thanksgiving meal will be available to guests at Stamper Commons on the Stephens College (More)
Posted 6:14 PM 11/25/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - The developers of a proposed shopping center off of Mission Drive asked the Cole County Commission for $800,000 to extend the road to the site. The Harvard Company, LLC is working to develop a site near Highway 179 that would include restaurants and retail stores among other (More)
Posted 1:08 PM 11/3/2015 by Collin Ruane & Emma Nicolas, KOMU 8 Reporters
BOONVILLE - It's almost that time of year again. Students across mid-Missouri will anxiously wait to see if they get any snow days this school year. But are students getting more days off for less snow?
To find the answer to that question, KOMU 8 News went through more than a decade worth (More)
Posted 12:02 PM 11/25/2015 by Steve Dawson, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Cooking grease can cost homeowners money if it's improperly disposed of.
This holiday season, Missouri American Water is launching a state-wide campaign to "can the grease."
Instead of pouring cooking grease down the drain, the organization urged residents to put used (More)
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Posted 3:49 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
MOBERLY - A Moberly clothing store held its grand reopening Wednesday night, two weeks after a fire damaged its previous building.
The Nov. 7 arson fire caused extensive smoke damage to Encore, a women's clothing shop.
Two other businesses closed due to the fire. Duval (More)
Posted 1:53 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Daily Tribune announced on its website Wednesday that it’s Black Friday edition was too big.
The large amount of Black Friday ads prevented the Tribune from being able to package through its inserting equipment. Staff members had to package the paper by (More)