University of Virginia releases new interim policy on sexual assault

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — Students at the University of Virginia have a new way to report sexual assault — and it’s online.

It’s part of the school’s new interim policy on sexual assault and harassment that went into effect yesterday.

This change reflects the new “zero tolerance” policy that was passed by the UVA Board of Visitors days after that Rolling Stone article that alleged there was a rape culture at the university.

One of the big highlights of the new policy is that students can now get a resource guide with counseling information.

There’s also a new online reporting system. It’s called, “Just Report It” and students can make anonymous reports about sexual misconduct to university officials, who will then follow up.

If students or staff violate the new rules, they could be expelled for fired. In a letter to the university community, UVA President Teresa Sullivan says she will provide education to students and staff on the new policy.

More than 600 people in the UVA community told the university they were ready to see changes in the sexual assault policy including, improvements to procedures, practices and education.

Stay with 8News for more on this developing story.

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