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SIUC students participate in letter writing campaign

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Students with Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a group called The Consent Party, plan to write letters to university staff urging a take a look at sexual assault policies.

The letters also call for staff to examine the way policies are implemented to make sure officials are adhering to university policy in response to sexual assaults.

Students are writing letters because they say it is a lost art that holds weight. Organizers also want to bring supporters and survivors together to show solidarity.

The group wants to share ideas and knowledge about how to combat sexual assault in their community.

The following statement was issued by University Spokesperson Rae Goldsmith regarding how sexual assaults are handled:

“Outcomes of internal investigations are based on available evidence. Due to legal and privacy concerns, we cannot confirm specific cases or respond to questions regarding the details of any individual case.

"The university takes all reports and investigations of sexual assault very seriously. Our staff members are well-trained, and we have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all parties in the process are treated fairly and respectfully. We are always assessing our policies and procedures to make sure that they are in compliance with federal law. Like campuses across the country, we are working very hard to fulfill our responsibilities to students through education, prompt response and thorough investigation.”

Students hope to write at least 40 letters to university leaders such as Interim Chancellor Brad Colewell, Title IX coordinator Linda McCabe, Coordinator at the Department of Diversity and Equity Casey Parker, Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities Chad Trisler.

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