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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.

A tentative deal on a final Kansas budget does not include $2 million dollars to help fund a new bioscience research and development center at the University of Kansas.

Governor Sam Brownback has urged legislators to include funding for the proposed Kansas Institute of Translational Chemical Biology, but he didn’t include the proposal in his budget amendment.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Gene Suellentrop of Wichita says budget negotiators felt the proposal needed further study.

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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.

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A Kansas Senate committee is considering a budget bill that would restore some funding to state universities that was cut last year.

However, the bill caused some heated words about whether lawmakers are targeting the University of Kansas.

The bill eliminates $2 million dollars Governor Sam Brownback had proposed for a program to help commercialize KU research.

Only KU had a program proposal deleted from the governor's suggestions. Topeka Democrat Laura Kelly says the committee targeted KU.

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Jayhawkers, a new independent film, brings the legend of famed 7-foot 1 basketball player, Wilt Chamberlain back to life. The movie, co-written and directed by University of Kansas Associate Professor of Film Kevin Willmott, is centered on the three years Chamberlain spent in Lawrence and the permanent effect that period of time had on both the city and the game of basketball.

The University of Kansas is ready to begin construction of two five-story halls that will house 350 students.

Groundbreaking for the $47.8 million project is scheduled for next Wednesday.

The new residence halls will include two- and four-person suites. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2015, with the first students moving in that August.

The nearly 50-year-old McCollum Hall will be torn down in the summer of 2015.

Students will be able to sign up online to live in the new halls in September.

The University of Kansas is dropping a request for the authority to build upscale apartments that would house basketball players and other students.

University spokesman Tim Caboni says the decision to withdraw the bonding proposal came after a Kansas House committee rejected it last week.

The university was seeking bonding authority for $17.5 million to help build apartments near Allen Fieldhouse that would house 66 students. Thirty-two of the apartments would be for men's and women's basketball players.

A former University of Kansas lab director says he was fired for reporting improper uses of grant funds.

David S. Moore's lawsuit alleges that he was fired last month as retaliation for "expressing good faith concerns" about the financial management and accountability for KU's Microscopy Analysis and Imaging Laboratory in Lawrence.

Moore alleges the university inappropriately charged administration, overhead and related expenses to the lab that did not comply with federal rules for spending grant money.

A study by researchers at the Universities of Kansas and Notre Dame shows cell phones can be a powerful tool to help reinforce home-based parenting training.

The study focused on parents who experience higher levels of depression, stress and family violence. KU’s Judith Carta says these families need better parenting strategies, yet they’re most at-risk of dropping out of the very programs meant to help them.

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