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Iowa regents call for review of child abuse policies

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A report delivered during the Board of Regents meeting Thursday finds Iowa, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa have made strides since they were forced to look at their sexual misconduct policies in 2008.

"All three Universities are considered to be national leaders in this area, so we're very glad the regents recognized that.  Obviously, that being said, we're always doing what we can to improve," said University of Iowa spokesperson Tom Moore.

The University of Iowa has since implemented several educational programs on campus directed toward both students and faculty.

"The whole idea is to recognize situations that aren't right and provide people the resources to take action," Moore said.

In light of the Penn State scandal, the board is asking officials from its three universities to delve deeper into its child abuse policies.

Currently under Iowa law, university employees are not required to report sexual abuse to law enforcement.

A task force looking at Iowa's child sexual abuse law recently decided that college officials should not be included in the list of mandatory reporters.

"Including everybody on the campus when most would not be associated with children during their ordinary course of business would be a waste of their time and resources," said Stephen Scott, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, and head of the task force.

Instead the task force recommends that organizations working with young people review their policies that could help prevent the abuse from taking place.

The presidents of Iowa, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa will report their findings back to the board at its February meeting.

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