University revises sexual assault rules and regulations
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri System announced Tuesday a list of revisions to its Collected Rules and Regulations.
The UM System's actions are the most recent to "address the issue of sexual misconduct on its campuses." Last April, The UM president issued an executive order making it mandatory for all university employees to report any allegations of sex discrimination to the Title IX coordinator.
President Tim Wolfe said it is important for the four University of Missouri campuses to set a national example of how to address the issue of sexual misconduct.
"We want other colleges and universities across the nation to look to the University of Missouri as the model of how we prioritize and ensure the safety of all of our students, faculty and staff," Wolfe said.
The revisions will enforce safety on the University of Missouri's four campuses, keeping students, faculty, and staff safe.
The revisions include:
- Clarifying that the university's prohibitions against sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct apply to students, employees, volunteers and visitors (new Chapter 600, "Equal Employment/Educational Opportunity," Section 600.020)
- Clarifying definitions of sex discrimination to be consistent with existing law and best practices (Sections 600.020.c.1-6 and 200.010B.7)
- Simplifying requirements for mandated reporters, making it mandatory for any employee of the university that becomes aware of sex discrimination to report all information to the Title IX coordinator (unless expressly exempted from doing so) (Section 600.020.E.)
- Creating a new equity resolution process for all discrimination claims when the accused is a student or student organization, with equity resolution hearing panelists for discrimination claims being trained administrators or staff appointed by the chancellor (Section 200.025.B.9, G.6.a.)
- Removing current rules on sexual harassment and positive work environment (currently 330.060 and 330.080 respectively) and substituting this new set of rules
The complete list of revisions can be found here.
University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin issued a statement Tuesday.
"The University of Missouri is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from discrimination and a process for addressing such complaints that is fair and appropriate for all students," Loftin said. "It's our collective goal that all of our students may fully participate in and benefit from our educational programs and activities."
The statement also states any employee of the University must report any information of sexual discrimination to the Title IX coordinator.
Some MU students said they think the revisions are a good thing.
"No one should be subjected to sexual harassment, so we just have to make sure we report those things," Landon Jones said.
All employees will be trained on how to report and all campus resources pertaining to sexual assault will be assessed.
The UM System hired the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, which will provide guidance throughout this process.