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IA Board of Regents creates unified sex assault policy

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Sexual assault allegations against two former Hawkeye football players have led to changes at all three of Iowa's public universities. Abe Satterfield and Cedric Everson face charges of sexually assaulting a female student athlete in her dorm room last year.

But it's how the University of Iowa handled those allegations that caused controversy, and now reform. Thursday, the Iowa Board of Regents approved new sexual assault policies for all three state universities.

David Miles, President of the Iowa Board of Regents, says the new policy will simplify things for victims of sexual assault, when it comes to finding the help they need.

"There will only be one formal process," he says. "There will be different branches of that process, and the victim will be in a position of control." He says with a unified sex assault policy, problems like the one at the University of Iowa will be minimized.

Students like UNI freshman Katie Arp like the idea. "That way if it happens, there's no questions asked, and the policy's the same for everybody."

UNI Victim Services Coordinator Julie Barnes says it won't drastically change how her department handles sexual assault allegations. However, she says it will be nice to get the state universities on the same page.

"Each policy now has common definitions for consent, for sexual misconduct and for sexual assault," says Barnes. She says UNI is planning a ramped-up outreach campaign to make all students aware of how it will affect them. "So they always know where to go for medical assistance, and to report crimes. There will definitely be joint training for faculty, staff and employees at the institutions, to make sure they can articulate the policy if a student turns to them for assistance."

Miles says training for the revamped policy will take place sometime in the next year.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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