Sexual assault on U.S. college campuses has become an
epidemic. Tuesday, a White House task force will release its
recommendations to combat the problem.
this backdrop, auditors from the federal government are at the University of
Hawai‘i at Manoa this week to make sure the campus is in compliance with Title
is not triggered by some event. This is a random audit, if you will, and
the idea is to help us make our campus safer, particularly for women, but also
for all of our students," UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple said.
IX requires all federally funded universities to treat male and female students
equally in both educational and athletic opportunities. It also mandates a safe
environment free of sexual harassment and assault.
whole idea of this is to help us improve our processes and procedures. We want
to make sure that this is a safe campus as possible. We want to make sure that
particularly, I'll say young women, but everyone when they come to this campus
-- that they can study, learn, find their passion and become students -- without
worrying about being harassed, assaulted and those kinds of things," Apple
audit is being conducted by the Office of Civil Rights in the Department
looking at how we handle cases of alleged sexual harassment or sexual assault,
in all its forms, including stalking and cyberstalking," Apple
to national reports, OCR has received more sexual assault-related Title IX
complaints in the past six months than it did in all of fiscal year 2013.
Approximately, one in five women and one in 33 men are victims of sexual
assault during college, but officials say only 12% of rape survivors report the
to UH Manoa's annual safety report, there were 24 reported sex offenses in
2012. That's up from 20 in 2011, but Chancellor Apple says he believes
the increase is a result of their education and outreach, which has
created an environment where victims feel safe enough to come forward.