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KU To Create Task Force To Handle Sexual Assault Cases

The University of Kansas will create a task force and require training in response to criticism of its handling of sexual assault complaints.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says that the task force will review the university's current policies and practices and recommend improvements.

In a message on her website, Gray-Little said she wants to ensure that students, faculty and staff take training on the subject and not completing the training will lead to sanctions.

The actions come after some university students and a student group called September Siblings released a video telling prospective students that the university was not safe.

The pressure to address the issue was sparked by reports that in 2013, the university declined to order a student accused of raping another student to perform community service. The university has declined to comment on the case.

Other women have since come forward alleging that the school didn't take sexual violence seriously.

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

A panel discussion on sexual assault also will be held next Thursday during Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

Gray-Little says she will attend the discussion.