UConn Broadens Sex Assault Reporting Policy

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The University of Connecticut trustees Wednesday decided to widen the ranks of university employees required to report a sexual assault and to establish a policy on reporting child abuse and neglect.

Michael Kirk, spokesman for the university, said the new policy on sexual assault response "significantly increases the number of people who are required to report."

UConn's existing policy requires deans, directors, department heads and supervisors receiving complaints to alert the university and refer them to the university's office of diversity and equity. In addition, contact information is provided for UConn's Title lX coordinator, also housed in the diversity and equity office.

The revised policy will require most university employees to report any sexual assault observed by or reported to them, according to written testimony that Nicole Fournier Gelston, a legal specialist with the state attorney general's UConn office, submitted Tuesday for a legislative hearing.

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