UNR Examining Sexual Assault Policies

RENO, NV - Many colleges and universities around the country are re-examining their policies and procedures when it comes to crime on campus, especially sexual assault. That's after the Department of Education announced 55 colleges and universities are under investigation for their handling of sexual violence complaints. Not one Nevada college or university is on that list.

Campus tours go on frequently at UNR.

This time of year is particularly busy, with orientation going on simultaneously.

For about every 2000 students touring campus, UNR police say there are about 1200 parents in tow who have questions for police.

“They want to know about crimes on campus. They want to know about sexual assault. They want to know about drinking. Anything that can jeopardize the safety of their child,” says Commander Todd Renwick with UNR police.

Renwick says during his meetings with parents he instructs them to a page on the UNR website.

Called the Clery Report, it publishes the numbers of various crimes on campus.

Under federal law, the university has to provide it or lose participation in federal student financial aid programs.

The law, among other things, requires schools to afford certain basic rights to sexual assault victims of campus assault.

Schools must also adhere to certain reporting requirements.

Campus emergency responses must also be listed. There are also provisions set down to protect crime victims.

The Clery Document has been amended several times over the years and it's a long and involved document that parents and students are undoubtedly happy to have.

But for college and university law enforcement and administrators it can be confusing.

That's why UNR is hosting a Clary Act Training Seminar for the next day and a half on campus.

Representatives from 57 colleges and universities around the country are here to understand what is required of them should violence crop up anywhere on campus.