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KU Receives More Sexual Assault Reports From Students

The University of Kansas is receiving more sexual assault reports from students.

The recent reports include two accounts of stalking, seven of sexual harassment, one of sexual assault, one of date violence, one of domestic violence and seven so recent, the office had not yet categorized them. The reports began rolling in after a student who said she was raped in 2013 said her attacker received a lenient punishment.

The university has declined to comment on the case.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced earlier this month hat KU would create a task force of students, faculty and staff to review sexual misconduct policies. Students, with faculty and administrators, have continued to hold a series of forums.

That students are speaking out encourages Jamie Gadd-Nelson, a member of September Siblings, the student group that earlier this month posted an anti-recruitment video calling KU an unsafe campus. However, Gadd-Nelson says she is still concerned about whether KU's Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access will handle those cases correctly.

The university is among 76 schools being investigated by the federal government for their handling of sexual assault cases.