Florida State University is hiring a Title IX director and two sexual violence prevention coordinators before the fall term starts in five weeks.
Interim President Garnett Stokes tells the Tallahassee Democrat that the university is not waiting for a federal investigation to conclude before addressing campus safety and sexual assaults.
Stokes says the university has formed several committees to assess its response to sexual violence complaints and is preparing to make changes.
Florida State is one of 55 colleges and universities being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for possible Title IX violations.
Federal officials also have questioned whether Florida State adequately investigated allegations that Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston sexually assaulted another student. After Tallahassee police and prosecutors investigated, Winston was not charged.
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.