Sexual assault reported



By Chris Higgins
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The University of Iowa police on Monday issued a crime alert regarding a reported sexual assault.

According to the alert, police received a report of a sexual assault that occurred on the night of Aug. 28 in an East Side residence hall. The survivor and the suspect were acquaintances, the report says.

This is the third reported sexual misconduct of the 2015-16 school year.

Sexual assault has been among the topics of discussion at the latest forums for UI presidential candidates. Their solutions varied. Michael Bernstein, the provost of Tulane University, suggested increased education efforts on appropriate sexual behavior.

Amid these reports, the UI Student Government has furthered the It’s On Us campaign launched by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to stop sexual assault on college campuses. The UI has implemented the initiative locally, including posters on Cambuses calling for students to end catcalling.

As part of the campaign, UISG trained shuttle and bus drivers to watch out for catcalling during sorority recruitment. The hope of the campaign is to change the community expectations of what is and is not OK.

Roughly a year and a half ago, former UI President Sally Mason launched a six-point plan to combat sexual assault on campus. Currently, all of the initiatives are at least 50 percent complete, according to the Office of the President’s website.

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