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University of Virginia Tries To Understand Its Zero Tolerance Policy To Sex Crimes

by | 26th, November 2014

Don’t the police deal with crimes? The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors on Tuesday is adopting a “zero-tolerance policy toward sexual assault”.

What does that mean? Sexual assault is a crime. Call the police. Is the University of Virginia saying it used to tolerate crime?

“The Board of Visitors adopted a zero-tolerance approach toward sexual assault at the university today,” Anthony de Bruyn, a university spokesman, said. “The details of the approach and how it is articulated and implemented will be refined in the near term in collaboration with the university adiminstration.”

Jake New :

The decision came during a three-hour emergency board meeting held about a week after the publication  of Rolling Stone  article  that detailed a gang rape at a U.Va. fraternity in 2012. While the meeting’s focus was ostensibly on how to change the campus culture surrounding sexual assault, much of the afternoon was spent specifically discussing alcohol abuse.

“We have to address the issue of alcohol consumption,” George Keith Martin, the board’s rector (or board chair), said at the meeting’s start. “There’s a clear correlation between alcohol consumption and sexual conduct.”..

“Sexual assault is a serious cultural problem within fraternities,” Reid said. “It’s a product of attitudes, an unawareness of gender norms, and a lack of safety in our environment that we as students must commit to changing.

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