New MRU study reveals four major obstacles for addressing sexual assault on campus

May 31, 2016

Universities face four significant “stumbling blocks” when it comes to addressing claims of sexual assault, according to a new study from researchers at Mount Royal University. The first obstacle is the fact that universities were originally built and structured for “able-bodied, privileged white males,” and that present-day services still reflect these structures. The second obstacle is the difficulty schools face in finding money to change their processes, and the third is the conflict administrators must face between protecting their employer’s reputation and looking out for the students’ best interests. Finally, the report notes that university leaders who create sexual assault policies often do not have the required training that is necessary for making good policy.