SMU To Revise Sexual Assault Policies
Southern Methodist University says it will follow new task force recommendations calling for the school to ramp up education and outreach on sexual assault. The task force released recommendations today following a string of sexual assaults last year.
Among other things, SMU will create an online publication addressing sexual misconduct resources, and develop a bystander intervention program similar to those at Duke and Yale. There, those programs teach students skills to intervene when they believe peers are in high-risk situations.
In addition to education and outreach on campus, SMU will establish regular meetings with the District Attorney’s office and local law enforcement.
Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins pushed for a review of SMU’s sexual assault policies last year, raising concerns about whether the university was responding quickly enough to reports.
We contacted Watkins for a response and have not yet heard back.
*SMU spokesman Kent Best says there were five sexual assaults reported in 2012 and one on campus in 2013 as of May.