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Thu April 3, 2014
Task force takes inventory of UM system sexual, mental health resources
University of Missouri officials said Tuesday they have made progress in their safety and security review of campus. The university has completed taking inventory on their sexual and mental health resources.
UM System President Tim Wolfe assembled a task force in February to review each campus’ policies and procedures regarding sexual assault and mental health. The first phase of this task force involved taking inventory of all the resources available.
The plan includes two other phases critiquing and making adjustments to resources already available. The comprehensive review has at least two more phases but could include more.
UM spokesperson John Fougere said it’s in the best interest of all members of the university system to continue with investigations.
“We think it’s imperative that we take the lead in making sure our campuses are taking an active role in addressing sexual assault, including education, reporting and prevention, as well as mental illness and mental health service delivery,” Fougere said.
Fougere said the university started this task force after local and national publications criticized the university for not having a reporting requirement for sexual assault. The issue most notably came up in the alleged sexual assault of Sash Menu Courey, a former MU athlete. The university hired an independent firm to investigate the circumstances leading up to Courey’s death.
Fougere said the UM Board of Curators will discuss those findings during their meeting in Rolla next week.