Mizzou strengthens rules on reporting, dealing with campus sex assaults

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Tuesday, the University of Missouri issued an order strengthening its rules about reporting and dealing with sex assaults on campus.

The new rules are likely a result of an alleged sex assault of former MU swimmer Sasha Menu Courey. An ESPN report earlier this year alleged the university failed to correctly handle Courey’s allegations four years ago.

The university said it did not know about the accusations until after Courey committed suicide.

University System President Tim Wolfe issued an order requiring every university employee to report sexual harassment against students.

The order provides guidelines to help employees decide who to report the alleged sex assault to and how the university will deal with those reports.

In January, Wolfe tasked the system’s chancellors to review its resources, reporting policies and prevention education regarding sex assaults on campus. But Tuesday, Wolfe said he could not wait for their results.

“It is imperative that employees know what their obligation is now, because the safety and security of the students on our four campuses is our absolute priority,” Wolfe said in a statement.

In February, MU hired an independent attorney to look into how it handled Courey’s alleged rape. The university expected to have the results from that report on April 11. 

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