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Campus Sexual Assaults

Jessica Ladd was sexually assaulted while at Pomona College, just as one in five college women are. She says she found the reporting process, "more traumatic than the assault" itself. She felt "like I didn't have control. A lack of agency. I wasn't believed, and ended up regretting reporting."

New federal guidelines for handling allegations of sexual assault are prompting a range of reactions from school administrators. While many are expressing concerns and vowing to maintain current policy, others are breathing a sigh of relief or scratching their heads in confusion.

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An Ohio State University campus climate survey shows 20 percent of female students were victims of groping or non-consensual sex last year, down from 25 percent in 2015. 

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has agreed the University of Cincinnati should not have suspended a student accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student.

The Department of Education will change its approach to campus sexual misconduct and begin a public notice and comment process to issue new regulations, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced today. In a speech at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, DeVos decried "a system run amok," "kangaroo courts" and repeatedly emphasized the plight of the accused. "One rape is one too many ... one person denied due process is one too many," she said. Outside, protesters yelled, "Stop protecting rapists!"

A bit of background.

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Ohio Department of Higher Education officials say the percentage of public college students who were trained in sexual assault prevention has increased significantly over the past year.

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The U.S. Department of Education says Wittenberg University in Springfield violated federal law in handling sexual assault complaints, but the school has agreed to make changes.

The U.S. Department of Education is adding Miami University in Oxford to its list of Ohio schools accused of failing to properly address sexual assault cases. 

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A group led by survivors of sexual assault is pressing the University of Cincinnati to provide greater support.

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Ohio University's decision to require all reports of sexual assault at its rape crisis center to be reported to law enforcement is raising concern from advocates who say fear of police involvement could keep people from seeking help.

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Dozens of Ohio State University students are waking up outside President Michael Drake's office this morning after an all-night sit-in.

The state's Department of Higher Education says it will fund 22 projects aimed at preventing sexual violence across college campuses in Ohio.