The role of universities in adjudicating cases of sexual assault among their students has been the object of heavy scrutiny in recent months. UNC, now the subject of two federal reviews evaluating its handling of sexual misconduct, has been at the fore of the conversation. The efforts of students Landen Gambill and Andrea Pino, and alumna Annie Clark to call attention to what they say is UNC's flawed and discriminatory procedures have been the subject of coverage in national media outlets.

But similar efforts have been playing out across the country. Few major universities have been left untouched by the national focus. Below is a list, updated daily, of articles surrounding the issue submitted by student newspapers across the country.

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Kansas: Protesters interrupt Regents meeting to protest campus carry, sexual assault

Protesters interrupted the Board of Regents’ meeting Wednesday afternoon in an effort to speak with the Regents about concealed carry and sexual assault on campus.

“We’re here to bring forth issues of safety for students who are paying to be on this campus and to be safe on this campus,” protester Rachel Atakpa said. “We chose to come to this meeting because the Kansas Board of Regents has a lot of power, and we are demanding institutional change.”

Emily Wellborn | April 23, 2017

Ithaca: Increase in sexual assault on Ithaca College campus

There has been a marked increase in reports of sexual assault at Ithaca College since 2014–15, but a change in federal reporting guidelines before that academic year make it difficult to determine the reason for the increase.

So far this academic year, there have been 20 sexual assaults reported to the Title IX office at the college, and in the 2015–16 academic year, there were 23 sexual assaults reported, said Title IX Coordinator Tiffani Ziemann. This is an increase from the nine reports recorded in 2014–15 and six reports from 2013–14. The 2010–13 calendar years saw a total of eight reported sexual assaults, but these only include on-campus incidents because the college was not required to report off-campus sexual assaults prior to 2013–14, Ziemann said. In March 2013, Congress passed an amendment to the Clery Act that expanded the types of statistics required to be kept by colleges to include sexual assaults that occurred in off-campus areas affiliated with student activity.

Samantha Mendiguren | April 23, 2017

Slippery Rock: Students portray reality of sexual assault with ‘Jane Doe’

“I want to tell you a story. There is small town in the middle of America. The streets are lined with strip malls and fast food places. Or, there is an affluent suburb in a big liberal part of the United States. SUVs park next to manicured lawns. Or, there is a college campus north of Pittsburgh in western Pennsylvania,” Alex Spieth said, standing on the stage in the Smith Center Ballroom Wednesday night.

“There is a girl, we’ll call her Jane Doe. She is young. Sixteen, fourteen, twenty-two. She goes to a party and gets very drunk. She is raped by two guys. Or one guy. They’re football players, they’re swimmers, they’re lacrosse players. They’re ordinary guys,” Spieth performed.

Megan Majercak | April 23, 2017

Iowa State: Federal lawsuit claims University of Iowa mishandled 2015 sexual assault report

A former University of Iowa law student filed a complaint against the university, the Iowa Board of Regents and state of Iowa Thursday after alleging the university mishandled and failed to respond properly after he reported his sexual assault to several university officials – which inevitably led to his removal from classes at Iowa.

Matthew Bailey, 29, said he was sexually assaulted by a fellow male University of Iowa student in February 2015 and reported the assault first to family and friends, along with a therapist. 

Bailey, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. Court's southern district of Iowa, then reported the assault to the university on April 13, 2015, through the university ombudsperson after his perpetrator and the perpetrator's friend began harassing him. On April 14, 2015, Bailey reported the sexual assault to the university Title IX office and coordinator.

Alex Connor | April 23, 2017

Eastern Washington: EWU Brings Sexual Assault Safety Events to Campus

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, EWU has scheduled events to help educate students about sexual assault and to inform students on the resources available to those who have been affected.

Michelle Helmerick, student support and advocacy manager, said that part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is educating the students about who to talk to in case of an event, and that those who have gone through an experience aren’t alone.

Kyle Fredricks | April 23, 2017

Rutgers: Hundreds of Rutgers students 'Take Back the Night' in march against sexual assault

More than 250 students, staff and community members took to the streets of the Douglass and College Avenue campuses in the annual Take Back the Night protest against sexual assault, organized by Women Organizing Against Harassment (WOAH) for the fourth consecutive year.

School of Engineering senior, President of WOAH and lead organizer of the protest Maci Nordone said the demonstration was in protest of sexual and gender-based violence within the community and in support of survivors.

Chloe Dopico | April 23, 2017

Colorado: Students Launch START Team to Increase Sexual Assault Support

Students go to their friends when they’re dealing with a problem, and knowing how to best support a friend in need is the premise behind START, the Student Title IX Assistance and Resource Team. This program provides a new resource for students seeking Title IX-related support, including sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, or any form of gender-based discrimination. It was founded by McKenna Becker ‘17, Jamie Baum ’18, and Leah Ciffilillo ’18, with support from Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Maria Mendez.

It’s a program started by students, for students, and it depends on students offering to participate on the START team. The application period is open now through April 26. Once selected, the START team will complete 40 hours of training with TESSA, an organization that works to support victims and end sexual and family violence.

Montana Bass | April 23, 2017

Missouri State University: Process: Complexities arise with adjudicating sexual assault

There are many variables that come into play when adjudicating sexual assault cases, making it difficult to standardize. This makes every sexual assault case unique.

“These cases are very situational,” Capt. Kenny Mayberry, assistant director of police operations in the Department of Public Safety at Southeast Missouri State University, said. “It’s all based on what the victim wants.”

There are three main entities to which the report of sexual assault will funnel to once it has been made: the Department of Public Safety; the Office of Student Conduct; and the Violence Prevention Program through Counseling and Disability Services. All three places report to one another.

Kara Hartnett | April 23, 2017

Tulane: Queer students face challenges with sexual assault dialogue

Queer college students are two times more likely to be sexually assaulted before graduating than their straight classmates.

According to a survey conducted by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 42 percent of college students who identify as LGBTQ+ or queer report being sexually assaulted by the time they graduate.

Amelia Hess and Canela Lopez | April 23, 2017

Maryland: UMD Senate votes to mandate sexual assault prevention training for new students

The University of Maryland Senate voted Wednesday to mandate more sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention training for students, faculty and staff.

The senate voted 95-5, with one abstention, to support the proposal, which would require all first-year students to complete face-to-face bystander intervention training along with already-mandated online sexual misconduct compliance training, said Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force Chair Steve Petkas. The task force drafted and presented the proposal.

Lindsey Feingold | April 23, 2017

NC State: Take Back the Night empowers students to combat sexual assault

Wednesday night, students gathered in Talley Student Union for the third-annual Take Back the Night, an event held as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in support of the survivors of sexual assault. The event’s turnout was slightly smaller than attendance compared to the last few years; due to the anticipated rain it was moved from Stafford Commons to the ballroom.

Take Back the Night was hosted by the Women’s Center, as well as many other campus organizations including Student Government, NC State Athletics and the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. Sara Forcella, the rape prevention education coordinator for the Women’s Center, said Take Back the Night was about raising awareness about violence against women,sexual assault, stalking and other personal violence.

Zaynab Khalifa | April 23, 2017

Columbia: Students talk sex safety during college assembly

Columbia should send an annual email to students solely devoted to basic information about Title IX, said two student speakers at a college assembly in honor of Sexual Awareness Month.

Panelists, sophomore journalism major Mia DiSanto and junior theatre major Natalie Toland, discussed issues of student awareness the college could improve on, one being the way Title IX information is currently sent to students–embedded in the Annual Fire and Safety Report.

Connor Carynski | April 23, 2017

Kansas: Organizations team up to provide sexual assault resources for LGBT+ students

Finding resources still remains a challenge for LGBT+ students at the University, especially regarding sexual assault.

Taking advantage of this month being both sexual assault awareness month and Gaypril, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center (SAPEC) partnered with Spectrum KU and the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity to increase the visibility of sexual assault resources for LGBT+ students.

Angie Baldelomar | April 23, 2017

Indiana: IU Athletics sets tone with sexual violence policy

With the approval of a policy preventing prospective student-athletes with a sexual violence record from being eligible, IU Athletics is following a trend among collegiate athletic programs.

The policy was approved April 12 by the IU Faculty Athletics Committee. It bars any prospective student-athlete found responsible for sexual violence while at a previous college or high school from receiving financial aid or competing at IU.

Cameron Drummond | April 23, 2017

University of Virginia: Take Back the Night kicks off week of events

English poet and novelist Sarah Williams once said, “Though my soul may be set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

This deeply resonant saying is emblematic of Take Back the Night, an organization at the University which advocates for survivors of sexual assault. Take Back the Night strives to initiate conversation about sexual assault and provide a chance for the community to coalesce and brighten the lives of survivors.

Jackie Siegel | April 23, 2017

Middlebury: College Sponsors Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events, Keynote

On April 11, sex and relationships educator Kate McCombs delivered the keynote address of the College’s programming for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). McCombs spoke about the importance of enthusiastic consent. “Enthusiastic consent is more than just ‘can I touch you?’” she said. “[It] is about shifting from just avoiding a ‘no’ to seeking an eager yes.”

McCombs suggested that learning to get better at hearing no, working to make a partner feel comfortable saying no and learning to rethink consent as applying to every type of contact we have with other people, and not just to sex, are ways to start pursuing enthusiastic consent.

Elizabeth Sawyer | April 23, 2017

University of Southern Maine: USM SAAC Takes The “It’s On Us” Pledge

GORHAM, Maine - USM’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), along with its counterpart Little East Conference SAAC organizations, have teamed up to take the “It’s On Us” Pledge to help raise awareness and change the culture around campus sexual assault.

A student-led organization comprised of members from each of USM’s 22 intercollegiate teams, Huskies’ SAAC, serves as a liaison between the student-athlete body and the Department of Athletics. SAAC meets on a bi-weekly basis to discuss issues relevant to student-athletes and works to improve the USM student-athlete experience, and seeks to build a greater connection between all of the Huskies’ teams and the greater Gorham Community.

| April 23, 2017

Maryland: Reporting Sexual Assault for UMD students

The University of Minnesota Duluth Women’s Resource and Action Center hosted a mock rape trial on Tuesday, Apr. 18 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The trial was purely educational and intended to portray an accurate representation of a real sexual assault case.

“Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape,” according to theUnited States Department of Justice.

Anna Friedrichsen | April 23, 2017

UCLA: Gael Adrien Mbama: UCLA’s sexual assault prevention program not effective enough

“Til it happens to you, you won’t know how I feel.”

February 28, 2016: Lady Gaga performed her song “Til it Happens to You” at the 88th annual Academy Awards and brought 50 sexual assault survivors on stage in a very powerful performance. Among them was a UCLA student by the name of Becky Stepp.

Today, Stepp dedicates her time to fighting sexual assault.

Every 98 seconds, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. Many of these assaults occur on college campuses throughout the nation, and UCLA is no exception.

Like many other universities, UCLA has taken to educating students and faculty in the hopes of preventing sexual assault and harassment on campus. The school has chosen to teach students about sexual assault prevention through an online training module.

But despite its efforts over the past few years, UCLA’s prevention and education program is not enough to effectively address this issue. The university can more effectively help prevent sexual assault by requiring students to attend yearly interactive sexual assault prevention meetings, where they can hear about this matter through the voice of survivors willing to share their stories. Multiple meetings throughout the year could be offered to accommodate the entire student body.

GAEL ADRIEN MBAMA | April 23, 2017

Franklin College: College hosts first rally, march for sexual violence

The chants rang through Franklin.

“We fight to take back the night.”

“Two, four, six, eight, no more date rape.”

And the leading sign boldly proclaimed the marchers’ mission.

“Take back the night. FC fights back.”

The demonstration was a part of the college’s first Take Back the Night event on Thursday last week.

Around 30 students, faculty and staff participated in the event’s rally, march and speak out sessions with the goal to bring awareness to ending sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence on campus. 

Brittney Corum | April 23, 2017