- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A University of Missouri summit to discuss sexual assault ended with no concrete policy changes but participants said it was important that several groups convened to discuss the problem.

More than 250 people gathered Saturday in Stotler Lounge for the Chancellor’s Summit on Sexual Assault and Student Safety in Greek Life. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin was unable to attend because of flight delays.

The Interfraternity Council president, Jason Blincow, said that he thinks attendees approached the summit with an open mind, making it a productive meeting.

A sexual violence awareness video was shown at the beginning of the summit. Several groups including the Interfraternity Council and Panehllenic Association leadership gave formal presentations during the event, and smaller group discussions also were held about potential policy changes.

The groups were asked to provide written feedback about the proposals to be sorted through and considered after the summit.

Although the summit initially was designed to focus on the Greek community, representatives from various student affairs officers were invited to attend the summit.

“I’ve been here a while, and we did something similar to this in the ‘90s but nothing to this degree,” said Cathy Scroggs, vice chancellor of student affairs. “It’s very exciting and, in fact, I think this could be a national model. I think within a year they’re going to be saying, ‘Let’s do things like the University of Missouri.’ That’s our goal. We intend to be the national model.”

The Columbia Missourian (https://bit.ly/1H3iRAz ) reports that media were barred from attending the event, but most of the summit could be heard outside Stotler Lounge.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com


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