Southern Methodist University is making changes to protect students from sexual assaults.
University leaders hope to make it clear that sexual misconduct in any form will not be tolerated on campus. A task force released recommendations Wednesday on how crimes should be reported from now on. It encourages students to report crimes and calls for better staff training. The task force also wants freshmen to go through a course devoted to sexual misconduct issues. There are a total of 41 recommendations and the university plans on complying with all of them.
During the past 18 months SMU has had seven sexual assault cases involving students. In one of these cases the charges were dropped. On May 20th a student will go on trial for the rape of another student in a campus dorm room.