McCaskill calls survey of sexual assaults at universities disturbing

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WASHINGTON, DC (KPLR) – A Missouri U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says a survey of campus sexual assault is a wake-up call for schools, saying the results are disturbing.

The review of more than three hundred colleges and universities follows criticism of the University of Missouri Columbia for failure to properly address the alleged rape of a student in 2010. Last week the Missouri University of Science And Technology in Rolla acknowledged that the department of education is investigating sexual assault policies at the school.

The McCaskill survey shows that many of the schools don’t comply with federal laws and key policies designed to combat sexual assault on their campuses. Some of the universities did not investigate allegations of sexual assault.

The schools that participated in the survey were granted anonymity. But in a series of tweets, University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe said “we intend to establish the University of Missouri as the national model in terms of providing effective and compassionate sexual assault and mental health services to our students,” unquote.

The University of Missouri has updated its policies regarding the treatment of sexual assault cases after an independent review of the Menu Corey case.