If a student is sexually assaulted they have the right under the Title IX section of the Education Amendments Act to file a claim, but a survey conducted by Utah State University showed that many students don’t know what is supposed to happen after that claim is filed.
Amanda DeRio, the sexual misconduct information coordinator at Utah State University said that she knew many different places where a student could file a Title IX sexual assault claim but she didn’t know what happened to those claims after that step. Like DeRio, over half of Utah State students are missing this same information.
Title IX requires an institution like Utah State should provide the survivor with living or academic accommodations and the right to notify law enforcement, but how that is done varies from institution to institution.
The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating the university for they have responded to claims of sexual assault in the past.
“I think the bottom line is that we need to talk about it. It isn’t just something that should be shoved into the back of the closet and hope we never experience it,” said university president Noelle E. Cockett.
University officials have not announced plans to better educate students about the Title IX process.