#schoolsafety | Spike in reported sexual violence cases at U of R

The New York State Education Department says the University of Rochester has experienced a major spike in sexual violence.

Data shows a 129% increase in reported sexual violence on campus.

University officials say the school has increased training and education efforts for students to be aware of reporting sexual misconduct and seeking help.

Three case investigators were added to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, as well as a fulltime staff member being assigned to helping students understand their reporting options.

The school released a statement on the report:

“The University of Rochester is committed to ensuring a safe living and learning environment for all of our students, and in the past two years especially, the staff working on Title IX matters within the Office of Equity and Inclusion have dramatically increased training and education efforts so that students are much more aware of reporting sexual misconduct and seeking help. Three case investigators have been added to the Office of Equity and Inclusion recently, and a full-time staff member within the office has been dedicated to helping students understand their reporting options, including clarifying how to make a report, and the types of reports that can be made (anonymous, internal investigation only, or criminal investigation). This has encouraged greater reporting—particularly the ability for an individual to file an anonymous report—and has helped significantly reduce any underreporting of sexual misconduct on our campuses. We view the increase in reporting as a positive sign of students’ willingness to report and place their trust in the University to resolve their concerns and provide them with support and resources.”



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