VU Students React to Investigation Into Sexual Assaults on Campus

Published 05/02 2014 05:19PM

Updated 05/02 2014 05:27PM

Students at Vincennes University are speaking out after V.U. was named as one of 55 schools nationwide under investigation for how it handles sexual assault cases.  Indiana University, Knox College, and University of Chicago are others the feds are investigating.

Usually, schools like Vincennes University want to be on the same list as Harvard or Cal-Berkeley. Not this time.

"There's a reason they're on the list," says Taylor Manning, a freshman at Vincennes University. "There's a reason we're on the list."

V.U. and more than 50 others are on the list of schools federal investigators are reviewing on their handling of sexual harassment and assault cases.

"It doesn't surprise me at all," says Chris Hanneman, who says he had a friend who she claims was sexually assaulted, but the friend told him officials didn't take it too seriously.

"She doesn't think it was handled well at all," he adds. "She wants to talk to people about to be aware of it, that it can happen on campus to anybody."

Hanneman says more should be done to better serve victims on campus.

"Keeping the victims up to date about what's going on, making sure they know to question everybody, all the witnesses involved, the people that are accused of the assaults, they should all be questioned."

University officials say they're working with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to finish the review process.  In a statement, Assistant Provost Of Student Affairs Lynn White says the school supports the government's increased emphasis on sexual assault prevention on college campuses and is taking an active role in providing support.  Students say more can be done to stop these crimes and keep Vincennes off any unwanted lists again.

"There should be more dorms with just women and men separated," says V.U. Sophomore Carl Port. "There shouldn't be people out late at night, there should be a curfew at times like that."

Federal officials say just because a school is being investigated doesn't indicate they broke any laws.

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