New Bill Would Require U of M to Report Sexual Harassment

May 19, 2017 11:19 AM

A bill introduced at the State Capitol Tuesday would require the University of Minnesota to report sexual harassment.

The bill comes after a series of scandals in the school's athletic department the last few years. 

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State Rep. Drew Christensen, R-Savage, helped author the measure.

"We already require the University of Minnesota to issue a report about incidents of sexual assault on campus and this would expand the report to include incidents of sexual harassment," Christensen said.  

The bill also requests the legislative auditor review sexual harassment policies at the University of Minnesota.

"We want to do everything we can to show that the University is accountable and transparent," legislative auditor Jim Nobles said. "That it is living up to it's highest standard." 

The school sent KSTP a statement on the bill:

"The University works continuously to improve our policies and tracking related to sexual misconduct. The University is nearing the conclusion of system wide effort to create a new administrative policy on sexual misconduct-combining sexual assault and sexual harassment into one policy for a stronger, more consistent approach. The process engaged students, faculty and staff, and we welcome a dialogue with the Legislature on this important topic."

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