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  • Missouri University of Science and Technology officials say the campus offers several support services and resources for those who have been victims of or wish to report a sexual assault.
    Missouri S&T was among 12 campuses added Wednesday to a list of schools being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights for their handling of sex abuse complaints.
    The 12 schools named earlier this week, in addition to a previous list of 55 universities, are facing inquiries under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination on campus.
    Missouri S&T is the only Missouri university on the list at this time.
    The Department's Office for Civil Rights pledged to update the log on a weekly basis.
    According to a statement issued by the university after Wednesday’s press deadline, “Because this is an ongoing investigation, Missouri S&T officials cannot discuss details of the inquiry.”
    The statement goes on to say that Missouri S&T “is cooperating fully with the Department of Education in the investigation and continues to place a high priority on the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.”
    According to the Department of Education, while a school is listed, it does not mean it has violated the law. It only means that it is under investigation.
    The list does not include any details about what prompted complaints.
    Some of the investigations came from complaints made to the Department of Education, while others were launched following compliance reviews.
    Earlier this year, University of Missouri system President Tim Wolfe asked each of the four UM campuses, including S&T, to conduct comprehensive reviews of their respective policies, training and procedures concerning the prevention and reporting of sexual assaults.
    In an email dated April 2 to the campus community, S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader shared a list of six services related to Title IX services, including sexual discrimination, assault, harassment, violence and stalking resources as well as three additional resources for mental health services.
    According to Schrader, the inventory was “the first step of a three-phase task force implemented to evaluate whether each UM system campus has the necessary resources to educate the campus community about sexual assault and prevention, an effective process for reporting such incidents, and adequate capacity to address mental health issues among our students, faculty and staff.”
    In the email Schrader wrote, “It is imperative that we set an example in taking an active role in addressing difficult issues such as sexual assault and mental illness.”
    McCaskill’s fight
    U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who according to her spokesperson Anamarie R. Rebori, has been “deeply involved in combating sexual violence, since her time as a sex crimes prosecutor in Jackson County,” would not comment specifically on S&T being added to the list since it is an ongoing investigation.
    Page 2 of 3 - Rebori did say McCaskill last year led a successful effort in Congress to pass into law sweeping changes to how the military handles sexual assaults
    “In her current focus on curbing sexual assaults on campuses, she has said that schools are in some ways similar to the military, in that they are both closed cultural environments where survivors of assault can sometimes feel that they themselves are under the microscope,” Rebori said. “Also, institutions sometimes lack incentive to investigate and tackle these crimes in a transparent way.”
     The Democratic senator has said in the past that  rape and sexual assault are “vastly underreported crimes wherever they occur.”
    McCaskill has held a series of public roundtables and “has launched a massive survey of hundreds of schools across the country, in order to craft legislation that she hopes will better protect students, and hold schools and federal regulators accountable,” Rebori said.
    Missouri S&T lists the following resources as being available at Missouri S&T for “those who have been victims of, or wish to report, a sexual assault, or who may have mental health issues”:
    TITLE IX: SEXUAL
    DISCRIMINATON,
    ASSAULT, HARRASSMENT, VIOLENCE
    AND STALKING
    RESOURCES
    Title IX Coordinator
    Shenethia Manuel, J.D.
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resource Services, Affirmative Action, Diversity and Inclusion
    113 Centennial Hall
    300 W. 12th Street
    Rolla, MO 65409
    (573) 341-4920
    manuels@mst.edu
    http://titleix.mst.edu
    Submit an online report: http://chancellor.mst.edu/diversityandinclusioncommittee/incidentreport
    Community Standards and Student Conduct
    107 Norwood Hall
    320 W. 12th St.
    Rolla, MO 65409
    (573) 341-4292
    values@mst.edu
    http://communitystandards.mst.edu
    Counseling, Disability Support and Student Wellness
    204 Norwood Hal
    320 W. 12th St.
    Rolla, MO 65409
    (573) 341-4211
    counsel@mst.edu
    http://counsel.mst.edu
    For after-hours assistance contact University Police (573) 341-4300
    Student Health Services
    Student Health Complex
    910 W. 10th St.
    Rolla MO 65409
    Phone: (573) 341-4284
    Fax: (573) 341-6967
    mstshs@mst.edu
    http://studenthealth.mst.edu
    University Committee for Assistance, Response and Evaluation (UCARE)
    107 Norwood Hall
    320 W. 12th St.
    Rolla, MO 65409
    (573) 341-4292
    ucare@mst.edu
    http://ucare.mst.edu
    Report a student of concern: http://communitystandards.mst.edu/behaviorform/index.html
    University Police
    1201 N. State St.
    G-10 Campus Support Facility
    Rolla, MO 65409-0470
    Page 3 of 3 - (573) 341-4300
    police@mst.edu
    http://police.mst.edu
    MENTAL HEALTH
    RESOURCES
    Counseling, Disability Support and Student Wellness
    204 Norwood Hall
    320 W. 12th St.
    Rolla, MO 65409
    (573) 341-4211
    counsel@mst.edu
    http://counsel.mst.edu
    For after-hours assistance, contact University Police (573) 341-4300
    Disability Support Services
    203 Norwood Hall
    320 W. 12th St.
    Rolla, MO 65409-1430
    Phone: (573) 341-6655
    Fax: (573) 341-6179
    dss@mst.edu
    http://dss.mst.edu
    Student Health Services
    Student Health Complex
    910 W. 10th St.
    Rolla MO 65409
    Phone: (573) 341-4284
    Fax: (573) 341-6967
    mstshs@mst.edu
    http://studenthealth.mst.edu

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