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The president of Garden City Community College faces growing pressure to resign over a range of sexual harassment issues at the school and a threat to its accreditation.

This week, the college’s faculty senate demanded Herbert Swender step down — citing what it says was a too-slow reaction to accusations that a coach sexually harassed former cheerleaders and directed racist remarks at them. Local residents echoed those sentiments to the school’s board of trustees.

Meanwhile, the community college faces possible suspension of its accreditation.

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Kansas legislators are moving to ban taxpayer-funded settlements of sexual harassment claims against state officials and block non-disclosure agreements in harassment cases.

House and Senate negotiators have agreed to include a provision in budget legislation that would prohibit any state agency from using their funds to settle sexual harassment claims against elected officials or state employees. They also agreed to include a ban on using state funds to pursue non-disclosure agreements in harassment cases.

Campus 'Free Speech' Law Shut Down By Kansas Senate

Mar 15, 2018

An effort by conservatives to protect what they see as an assault on free speech on college campuses fell to defeat by the narrowest of margins Thursday in the Kansas Senate.

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Top Kansas lawmakers expect to revise a broad confidentiality agreement that legislative interns must sign over concerns that it could discourage them from reporting misconduct.

The Kansas City Star reports that legislative leaders are reconsidering the confidentiality agreement after employment law attorneys warned that it could have a chilling effect on the willingness of interns to report sexual harassment or illegal activity.

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A new anti-harassment effort in Wichita is targeting sexual violence in bars.

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed his first executive order, which tightens sexual harassment rules for thousands of state workers.

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Roughly 80 politicians gathered Wednesday for an early morning meeting at the Kansas Statehouse.

The session wasn’t technically mandatory, more encouraged by legislative leaders determined to be seen as doing something in response to the recent wave of sexual harassment allegations.

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A Missouri nonprofit has released a list of recommendations it says will help combat and prevent sexual harassment at the Kansas Statehouse.

Andrea Ramsey for Congress

Retired lawyer and former community health nonprofit executive Andrea Ramsey announced Friday that she is dropping out of the race for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District.

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Editor's Note: This story was updated at 3:50 p.m.

A discrimination complaint filed earlier this year by a Tennessee woman who claims a former Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services official sexually harassed her is still pending before the Kansas Human Rights Commission.