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Drake University’s response to alleged sexual assault case

Drake University released the following statement in response to an alleged sexual assault case involving two students:

Drake officials are investigating the allegations and cooperating fully with the Des Moines Police Department.

As always, Drake is dedicated to the prevention of sexual assault through education and clear, vigorously enforced policies.

When sexual assault does occur, the University is committed to responding in ways that promote recovery for the victim and appropriate consequences for the assailant.

The University is committed to making Drake a safe environment for its students. Drake President David Maxwell has sent students letters regarding sexual assault and prevention, including one in November of 2009.

Drake formed a Sexual Assault and Coercion Prevention and Response Task Force, which met this spring and summer to prepare recommendations for the University and President’s Cabinet.

Recommendations include:

  • Hiring a Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator
  • Revising the campus communication plan, including more information on the website and resources for students
  • Including additional programming for the first-year orientation
  • Reviewing the Residence Assistant Program to ensure RAs are properly screened and trained to respond appropriately to issues involving sexual violence

The President’s Cabinet, which has been at work reviewing and implementing the task force’s recommendations, will continue to do so.