The University of Kansas is receiving more sexual assault reports from students.
The recent reports include two accounts of stalking, seven of sexual harassment, one of sexual assault, one of date violence, one of domestic violence and seven so recent, the office had not yet categorized them. The reports began rolling in after a student who said she was raped in 2013 said her attacker received a lenient punishment.
The university has declined to comment on the case.
Next week, the Kansas Board of Regents will examine the results of general education assessments, which evaluate communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills of current and former students throughout its system. This is the first time that state-supported universities, community colleges and technical schools have been required to provide these numbers to the board. This data has the potential to affect new state funding for these institutions.
University of Kansas students are pressuring the school to improve its response to sexual assault reports.
More than 200 people attended a forum on the subject yesterday, hours after a student group called September Siblings posted a video telling people that the school is not safe.
The group's effort is in response to recent reports from a university student who said she was raped in 2013 and that her assailant was given a lenient punishment. University officials have declined to comment on the case, which Douglas County District Attorney Charles Bronson is reviewing.
A confidential University of Kansas survey shows that one in 10 students say they have been victims of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, but many never report it.
About 30 reported incidents over a two-year span involved men raping or sexually assaulting woman who were drunk, said Jane McQueeny, executive director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access. The university established the office, which investigates reported sexual assaults, about two-and-a-half years ago.
The University of Kansas has been added to a list of colleges and universities under investigation for how they handled investigations into sexual assaults.
Seventy-one schools nation-wide, including Washburn University in Topeka, have been named by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights as part of a probe into sexual violence against women on campus.
University of Kansas officials have issued a statement saying the school does not tolerate sexual assault and will assist in the federal review.
Campus officials say a student on the KU Lawrence campus has been confirmed to have tuberculosis.
KU officials say the student is doing well, and is expected to make a full recovery. Health officials are conducting a TB contact investigation.
Fewer than 50 people are believed to be at risk from exposure to the communicable lung disease. They will all be tested to see whether they've been infected. If so, they'll be treated with antibiotics.
Health officials say even those who become infected are highly unlikely to get sick from TB.