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U of I President's email on sexual assault and new sanctions

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - On Thursday, the University of Iowa President Sally Mason issued an email regarding the sexual assault problems occurring on campus.

There have been three sexual assaults since the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year.

President Mason noted that the university faculty takes sexual assault very seriously, and there is no excuse for these crimes.

Last February, Mason announced their six point plan to combat sexual assault.

Committing to do everything in their power to prevent sexual violence, they have pledged to implement the most strict sanctions possible to students found guilty.

Since Spring semester, the university has expelled two students for violating the rules.

Mason also detailed the new University of Iowa's sanctioning guidelines:

     "Sexual Assault Sanctioning

Sexual assault is one form of sexual misconduct. Students who commit sexual assault, as defined in the university policy on Sexual Misconduct Involving Students will experience serious repercussions.

The university policy on Sexual Misconduct Involving Students identifies three examples of sexual assault.

Sexual Assault: Non-consensual Sexual Intercourse

University policy describes sexual intercourse as “intercourse, however slight, meaning vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger; and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact).”

Sanctions for non-consensual sexual intercourse will normally range from multi-semester suspension to expulsion from the university, with expulsion being the most likely sanction.

Sexual Assault: Attempted Sexual Intercourse

Sanctions for attempted sexual intercourse will normally range from probation to expulsion.

Sexual Assault: Non-consensual Sexual Touching

University policy provides examples of sexual touching that include “intentional contact with the breasts, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts.”

Sanctions for non-consensual sexual touching will normally range from probation to expulsion from the university.

Aggravating factors

Certain factors will lead to more severe sanctions when they are present as part of a violation of the sexual misconduct policy. These include:
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