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Calif. to Audit Campuses’ Policies for Handling Sexual-Assault Complaints


The Chronicle of Higher Education.  August 23, 2013.  California legislators have approved an audit to determine how certain campuses in the University of California and California State University systems handle complaints of sexual assault, following testimony by students at the state Capitol on Wednesday. The audit will examine the policies of two University of California campuses, one of which is Berkeley, and two in the Cal State system. The Berkeley campus is one of several colleges across the country that are facing complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education by students who say their institutions have mishandled cases of sexual misconduct.

Representatives of UC and CSU at the hearing were clearly moved by the testimony and said they would cooperate with the audit.

“As a woman, as a mother who has a daughter who attended college and had a stalker herself, to listen to what happened, this is an important matter,” said Linda Williams, an associate chancellor of UC Berkeley.

“My heart is heavy.”

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