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In an arena where few requirements are explicit, the University of Minnesota is one of many institutions struggling to find the best policy for addressing sexual assault on campus.
With weeks left before the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act, takes effect, the University is bringing its policy in line with years-old federal recommendations. The President’s Policy Committee will finalize the changes March 7 in order for them to be in place by the March 14 deadline.
The University has long treated sexual assault like other student conduct cases, using an internal process to investigate, hear cases and sanction students found responsible.
At the University and across higher education, that process has drawn increasing scrutiny, with most campuses falling far short of federal expectations. At the University of Minnesota, some legal experts say, parts of the process haven’t been in compliance with the Title IX federal law that protects against gender-based discrimination.