Indiana University released a new sexual misconduct policy Tuesday. The policy defines the term consent, explains the options available to victims of sexual assault, and lists a range of sanctions for those who are proven to have violated the rules.
IU spokesman Mark Land says the new policy combines aspects of the previous sexual harassment policy, human resources policies and legal compliance measures.
“We have a lot of rules and policeis in place but they’ve never been stitched together like this,” Land says.
Indiana University is among nine universities under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, for violating title nine protections against discrimination based on sex.
Land says the university takes issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence seriously and hopes that the updated policy will create a more supportive culture for victims seeking justice against their attackers.
“Obviously this issue is as important and as serious as it gets in the eyes of the University administration and community,” Land says.
A draft of the updated sexual misconduct policy was released to the public in the fall and more than one hundred and fifty comments were submitted.
A group of students, faculty, staff, and university administration then worked together to create the final version of the policy.