U of M Changes Sexual Misconduct Reporting Requirements

December 15, 2017 06:39 PM

Employees on University of Minnesota campuses will be soon required to report allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Board of Regents unanimously approved policy changes Friday that have been in the works for more than two years.

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The most significant change is that all university employees — not just supervisors — must now report sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence to the Title IX office.

All employees must also report sexual harassment of students. Supervisors will also be required to report sexual harassment of other employees.

Tina Mirasam, the university's Title IX coordinator, says employees on all campuses will undergo additional sexual misconduct training shortly after the policy change takes effect on Jan. 1.

"Training is important because it provides a general overview of sexual misconduct but also focuses on our specific policy and how employees can comply with the reporting requirement," Mirasam said.


What are your thoughts on the University of Minnesota's new sexual misconduct policy? Do you believe it is appropriate or do you think it doesn't go far enough? You can send a video clip or email to Regents Darrin Rosha, David McMillan as well as President Eric Kaler.


The changes — which are part of a 2015 agreement with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights — come after three separate sexual misconduct scandals led to resignations and suspensions of top athletics officials at the university.

In 2014, Meg Stephenson, resigned as the women's gymnastics coach after allegations of sexual harassment and findings of retaliation within in the program.

Then Athletic Director Norwood Teague resigned a year later after he sexually harassed two female employees.

Earlier this year, top athletics fundraiser Randy Handel was demoted and suspended without pay after a university investigation found he violated the university's sexual harassment policy.

Mirasam, who was promoted to Title IX coordinator earlier this year, says the policy changes helped coordinate the university's overall approach to sexual misconduct allegations and investigations.

"This policy brings us in line with our Big Ten peers which already had a reporting policy similar to this one in place."

 

 

 

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