President Mark Schlissel said Thursday the University of Michigan would engage an outside expert to review its policies and practices to be sure U-M is doing all it can to prevent and respond to reports of sexual misconduct in all aspects of the university community.
After completing a regular policy review last fall, the University of Michigan will make a handful of updates to its policy and procedures regarding student sexual and gender-based misconduct.
The revisions include numerous edits to make the policy easier to read and understand.
The Association of American Universities, a group of 62 leading research universities including the University of Michigan, Wednesday released a data-rich report on the actions its members are taking to prevent and respond to sexual assault and sexual misconduct on their campuses.
In recognition of April as national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, there are a number of support resources and reporting options available to the U-M community.
Several changes to the University of Michigan's Student Sexual Misconduct Policy are designed to make the policy more clear and efficient while continuing to ensure that all students are treated fairly throughout the process.
The University of Michigan is among 22 college and universities in the state to receive a portion of more than $500,000 in state funding to support sexual assault prevention efforts.
The Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses each received funding through the state's Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program.
The University Health Service now offers a specialized exam for those seeking medical treatment following sexual assault.
Individuals who believe they have experienced sexual assault are recommended to have a sexual assault exam within five days of the incident, and the sooner the better.
The Institute for Social Research has partnered with SoundRocket, an Ann Arbor-based social science research firm, to provide the nation's college campuses with a scientifically designed survey on student sexual assault and harassment.
The university's approach to educating leaders of the athletic community and other groups regarding sexual assault prevention was highlighted as a best practice among higher education at the National Sexual Assault Conference earlier this month.
University of Michigan students overwhelmingly say they feel safe from sexual misconduct on the Ann Arbor campus, yet about 11 percent of all students — male, female, undergraduates and graduate students — report some form of nonconsensual sexual behavior during the past year.
The University of Michigan is among more than two dozen U.S. higher education institutions that will participate in the Association of American Universities' national sexual assault climate survey this spring.