U of M Board of Regents Votes to Change School's Sexual Misconduct Policies

October 13, 2017 10:12 PM

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents took another step toward changing the school's policies related to sexual misconduct.

At a meeting Friday morning meeting, the Board approved a new comprehensive Board of Regents policy, approved corresponding changes to the student conduct code and asked school administrators to seek public comment on proposed administrative policy changes, according to Board of Regents Chair David McMillan.

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"We're putting standards in place that ... are designed to protect students, designed to make sure that people are making good common sense decisions and that, when there is a violation of a standard alleged, it's very clear to them what the process is going forward," McMillan said.

Details of the proposed changes can be found here.

Student Representative to the Board of Regents Apoorva Malarvannan said she's generally supportive of the changes, adding that supporting survivors of sexual assault is her main concern.

"The main priority for students is to ensure that we're promoting healthy relationships, that there's an understanding of consent amongst students and that there is a way to uplift survivors," she said.

McMillan said the proposed changes will need final approval in December. They will go into effect in January.

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Josh Rosenthal

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