Colleges Consider a New 'Blueprint' for Responding to Sexual Assault

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Colleges around the country listened to the words of Roy Austin Jr., a lawyer with the Justice Department, who spoke at a news conference in May about the agreement federal agencies had reached with the U. of Montana at Missoula.

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Colleges around the country listened to the words of Roy Austin Jr., a lawyer with the Justice Department, who spoke at a news conference in May about the agreement federal agencies had reached with the U. of Montana at Missoula.

Two months ago, in settling a high-profile investigation, federal officials told the University of Montana at Missoula how to protect students from rape.

The university had failed to respond adequately to numerous sexual assaults, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice detailed in two lengthy letters to Montana's president. Thirty-seven additional pages of requirements—new policies, training sessions, climate surveys—spelled out how to establish a safe, supportive