- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Washburn University faculty, staff and students are pledging to help stop sexual assaults on the Topeka campus, which is part of a national federal investigation of the handling of sexual violence complaints.

On Wednesday, Washburn president Jerry Farley signed a pledge as part of an “It’s On Us” campaign to encourage awareness to fight sexual crimes. Two computers were set up in the university’s Memorial Union to collect signatures, The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1wfmLAJ ) reported.

Farley said the school does not have a rampant sexual violence problem but it is important to ensure that students are safe.

“Each of us can get involved and take personal responsibility,” Farley said.

The pledge states those who sign will recognize that nonconsensual sex is sexual assault, identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, intervene when consent hasn’t been or can’t be given, and create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights asked the college in July to send information about its sexual assault-related policies and procedures.

In April, a victim of an alleged assault filed a complaint against the university and the school opened an investigation July 1.

Farley has said in the past that the university’s police investigated the report and passed the results to the Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office. The university determined the student had violated student code and the student was punished. Farley declined to discuss the case further Wednesday.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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