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A bipartisan group of eight senators has introduced legislation that takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses.

Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, who recently commissioned a survey of 440 colleges about campus sexual assaults, was among the lawmakers to present the Campus Safety and Accountability Act.

The legislation will protect and empower students, and strengthen transparency for institutions. It also establishes stiff penalties for non-compliance with training, data and best practices outlined by the legislation.

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The Missouri State University Board of Governors recently approved a comprehensive policy to deal with sexual misconduct on campus. KSMU’s Alissa Zhu has more on the decision.

The Title IX policy on Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Other Forms of Sexual Misconduct is a new approach formulated to improve upon existing complaint procedures in place to address issues of discrimination and sexual harassment.  

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One in five US colleges and universities don’t train their staff on how to respond to campus sexual assaults, and almost one in three don’t teach their students awareness about it. Those are some of the findings in a national survey of 440 institutions of higher education.The study was spearheaded by US Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

McCaskill told reporters the survey’s findings must serve as a “wake up call” to American colleges and universities.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says a staff survey of 440 colleges and universities regarding campus sexual assaults has found that 41 percent of those responding “have not conducted a single investigation in five years” despite allegations by possible victims.

That finding is disturbing, McCaskill told reporters Wednesday because it means those colleges "are saying there are zero instances of sexual assault, which is hard to believe."

One in five women is sexually assaulted during college, according to the new White House report "Not Alone.” The report tackles the issue of campus sexual assaults, and it gives guidelines for universities to implement to avoid such attacks. As KSMU’s Julie Greene reports, one of Missouri's senators is devoting a lot of attention to this problem.