sexual assault

"Universities would have to notify the police of sexual assault reports they receive before launching internal investigations, under proposed federal legislation. If police weren't notified, the universities couldn't act." (Detroit Free Press)

State Offers Sexual Assault Prevention Grants

Aug 6, 2015

The state is asking colleges and universities to submit proposals to help prevent campus sexual assaults. It will award $500,000 in grants to help fund programs that are approved.

First Lady Sue Snyder is leading the effort. She detailed the grant process during a press call on Wednesday.

“The grants will be rewarded to schools with innovative, different, and forward-thinking project proposals who also showcase the spirit of collaboration in their project proposals,” said Snyder.


Western Michigan University President John Dunn says the university’s new policy on reporting sexual assault on campus is one that other schools should emulate. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University has approved a new policy to address sexual violence within the school’s community. That’s in response to recent changes to federal guidelines. Western’s Deputy General Counsel, Carrick Craig, says the Department of Education was concerned that many schools’ policies were discouraging people from reporting sexual violence.

"More than 20% of undergraduate female students at the University of Michigan say they experienced some sort of non-consensual sexual behavior in the past year, a new survey shows. About 12% of female undergraduates say they experienced non-consensual sexual penetration." (Detroit Free Press)