Auditor: Chico State sexual assault efforts inadequate

Jun 25, 2014 12:38 PM

Chico State University could do more to prevent sexual assault and improve investigations on its campus, auditors say.

The state auditor says California's public universities, including Chico State, need to do a better job of educating students about campus sexual harassment and violence policies and then keeping those who bring complaints informed about the status of their cases.

California State Auditor Elaine Howle concluded in a report issued Tuesday that the four universities her office studied - UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cal State Chico and San Diego State - have generally adequate procedures for responding to individual incidents.

But Howle says faculty and staff members who might be the first to hear about an assault are not being sufficiently trained and that policies for reporting complaints are not always prominently displayed on campus, as required by state law.

The schools have acknowledged the auditor's findings and say they plan to address the auditor's findings.

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