Public Universities Could Lose Funding If Assault, Harassment Standards Fall Short

Feb 15, 2018

State Capitol Rotunda - file photo
Credit Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Public universities might risk losing a portion of their state funding for failing to meet benchmarks to prevent campus sexual misconduct. It’s part of a budget proposal that’s begun working its way through the Legislature. 

The plan is to hold back funding for universities that don’t meet all the requirements of Title Nine and other programs to prevent campus sexual misconduct.

Republican state Senator Tonya Schuitmaker chairs the higher education budget subcommittee. She says the problem is more sweeping than cleaning up after the Larry Nassar scandal at Michigan State University.

“We’re not just talking about sexual assault. We’re also talking about sexual harassment, you know, it’s a very broad-ranging issue.”

A spokesman for Michigan’s 15 public universities says they will comply with any rules set by the Legislature to address campus sexual misconduct.