Penn State Unveils New Plan to Prevent Sex Assault

Following a study by a university-wide task force, Penn State is looking to introduce a new protocol for sexual assault investigations and create a new administrative center.

Last week, Penn State unveiled a new plan to combat sexual assault on campus.

The college’s suggested measures to crack down on sex crimes include a new protocol for investigating complaints within its displincinary system, an effort to get students and faculty to hone in on potential problems, and the creation of an administrative center for gender-equity issues, the Patriot News reports.

It also recommended creating a new Title IX coordinator position; turning over sexual misconduct cases to a dedicated, professional investigator; annual employee training; requiring an academic course on the topic of sexual misconduct for all first year students; and developing a bystander initiative.

The recommendations were based on a study by a university-wide task force convened last summer.

The formation of the task force was not related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that rocked the campus two years ago, President Eric Barron says.

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