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Thursday, August 05, 2021
Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Life Lori Berquam contributed to a statement addressing sexual assault.

Dean of Students and Vice Provost for Student Life Lori Berquam contributed to a statement addressing sexual assault.

UW-Madison addresses sexual assault on campus

UW-Madison released a statement Tuesday detailing their efforts to reduce sexual assaults on campus.

Much of the statement—contributed to by Lori Berquam, dean of students and vice provost for student life, Susan Riseling, UWPD chief, and Sarah Van Orman, the executive director of University Health Services—describes the sexual assault investigation process.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is currently investigating three complaints from UW-Madison students in regard to how their sexual violence allegation has been handled. The statement said that UW-Madison strives for their processes “to be as equitable as they can possibly be.”

The release follows recent attempts by UW-Madison administration to reduce sexual violence on campus, including UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank advocating for a bill that would eliminate drinking citations for sexual assault victims and a joint effort between Greek life and campus offices to begin training sessions for bystander intervention.

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