Kaler Tackles Sex Assault in Sixth State of the University Address

March 03, 2017 03:35 PM

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is taking the issue of sexual misconduct on campus head-on.

In the president's sixth State of the University address on Thursday, he announced five steps the school will take in the wake of the Gopher football team's sexual assault controversy.


A key step is mandatory training for faculty and staff. 

"Not everyone will like this, but the time has come," Kaler said. "A resolution is moving through faculty governance supporting such training, and we will consult broadly in implementing this recommendation." 

Below are the four remaining steps Kaler said the the school will take. 

- Enhanced training and additional education for students after their first year. 

- A sustained public health and public awareness campaign. 

- The creation of a President's Advisory Committee on sexual assault that will regularly report to Kaler. 

- The development of metrics to evaluate and measure sexual assault and misconduct prevention, education, advocacy and awareness efforts on campus, including conducting a campus climate survey every three years. 


Lindsey Brown

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