SMU Names 20-Member Task Force To Address How The School Handles Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Southern Methodist University has announced the 20 members of a task force that will examine how the university deals with allegations of sexual misconduct among students.

The task force will compare the university’s process for handling sex assault reports to nationwide practices to see if changes are needed. The measure comes after two students were arrested on sexual assault charges last month.

The university will continue to follow state and federal laws, including Title IX, “which requires colleges and universities to investigate and provide internal grievance procedures” for sexual assault allegations, according to a statement released Thursday evening.

“Although our procedures are examined regularly, and mirror those of many other institutions, the Task Force will be a timely opportunity to broaden deliberations and conversation on this critical matter,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner said in an emailed statement.

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