- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The number of reports of sexual assault and harassment at the University of New Mexico tripled between 2014 and 2015, but officials attribute the rise to better education, not increased violence.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1SbAANR ) that 138 people filed Title IX reports in 2015 with UNM’s Office of Equal Opportunity, up from 46 reports in 2014. In 2015, 52 of those reports were filed for sexual assault and 72 were for sexual harassment.

Investigations resulted in one person being fired, two people being suspended and one person being expelled.

UNM Title IX supervisor Heather Cowan says increased education about what qualifies as sexual harassment is what led to the sharp increase in reports.

The U.S. Department of Justice in 2014 announced an investigation into UNM’s policies regarding sexual assaults.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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