Still, these investigations are forcing what most view as long overdue change in sexual assault protocols. Protecting students begins with the proper training of administrators, says Saundra Schuster, a partner at higher ed risk management firm NCHERM Group and a member of the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).
“We continue to see many individuals … who have served in administrative roles for a long period of time and don’t respond with a sensitive protocol,” she says. “Grievance procedures need to be clear.”
This includes creating pathways to safe reporting, and faculty should encourage students to come forward. Also, staff must be sensitive to the trauma victims have experienced.
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