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University of Iowa Officials Making Progress On Sexual Assault Response Plan

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Officials at the University of Iowa say they're making progress on a new six-point plan to combat sexual assault on and around campus. The plan was announced last week by University of Iowa President Sally Mason during a special meeting with the state Board of Regents in Urbandale.

The plan is aimed at addressing concerns raised by students during a listening session last week. The session was offered after a series of campus protests were held in response to UI handling of recent assaults.

"The plan calls for cracking down more on offenders, increasing support for survivors, improving prevention and education, improving communication, adding funding, and listening more and reporting back findings to the campus and other stakeholders," the University outlined in an online article Tuesday.

Changes have already been made to the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator website, which will make reporting incidents easier for victims. UI police are also making changes to their website.

Officials have also made language changes to the "timely warning" messages and added a "trigger warning." UI officials are also planning to put a second Nite Ride van into use "as soon as possible."

Next fall the University will make changes to its online sexual assault awareness training tools for incoming students. Officials are also in the process of forming a sexual misconduct student advisory group.

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