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Statement from Texas' Six Chancellors on Campus Sexual Assault Legislation

May 30, 2017 | Contact: Karen Adler: kadler@utsystem.edu  or Jenny LaCoste-Caputo: jcaputo@utsystem.edu 

We applaud the Texas Legislature, with a special recognition of Senators Kirk Watson and Joan Huffman and Representatives Carol Jeff Leach, Carol Alvarado, J.M. Lozano and John Zerwas for authoring legislation during the 85th Session that addressed the very important issue of campus sexual misconduct.

Our Systems stand committed to creating a safe environment for students and employees across our institutions. The legislation offered during the 85th Session, some of which passed and is now before Governor Abbott, complements what we currently do on our campuses related to allegations of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment and datingviolence.

Our institutions will maintain our robust reporting and support mechanisms to cover instances of sexual misconduct and policies to address the critical issues that arise in these situations.  These practices and policies cover several important areas, including:

As Chancellors, we are responsible to our students and employees to ensure our campuses are safe. We stand committed to working with the Texas Legislature, survivor groups and others in the interim to ensure that our sexual misconduct policies are reviewed on an annual basis and that our reporting and compliance are even more efficient and robust.

 

William McRaven                                                     

University of Texas System                                                                                                                                       

 

John Sharp                                                               

Texas A&M University System                                  

 

Renu Khator                                                             

University of Houston System                                   

 

Lee Jackson

University of North Texas System

 

Robert Duncan

Texas Tech University System

 

Brian McCall

Texas State University System

This news release is posted online at: https://www.utsystem.edu/news/2017/05/30/statement-texas-six-chancellors-campus-sexual-assault-legislation

 

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