Storrs, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) _ UConn is taking steps to fight crime, sexual violence, and drug and alcohol abuse on campus.
Several recommendations from the “President’s Task Force on Civility and Campus Culture” are being put into practice by UConn President Susan Herbst. Others are being reviewed to see how they could be implemented. The move comes four days after the school’s formal response to a federal Title IX lawsuit alleging discrimination based on gender for its response to reports of sexual assaults on campus.
The lawsuit was filed in December. Herbst had appointed the group last summer, asking it to look at ways to deal with sexual violence, harassment, intimidation, bullying, “and other behaviors that are detrimental to students and the UConn community as a whole.”
Some of the task force recommendations are being immediately implemented at Herbst’s direction, and several others are being reviewed in more detail to determine how or if they could be implemented.
UConn will designate an office to serve as a central point of contact for students who are victims of crime, will provide additional support and resources for sexual violence prevention services, will expand programming on sexual violence, drug and alcohol abuse and witll better advertise self-defense programs.