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MU Title IX office releases first annual report

The University of Missouri Title IX Office releases its first annual report on sexual discrimination and violence on campus.

The report comes after 18 months of changes to policies, procedures, staffing and resources related to sex discrimination and mental health issues on campus.

ABC 17 News has been closely following these changes over this time period.

The report outlines trends in sex crimes reported at the University. In total, the report outlines 332 incidents reported by 328 individuals, totaling 374 allegations.

Here is the breakdown of the allegations:

Sexual misconduct (includes rape and nonconsensual sexual contact)- 124

Sexual Harassment- 85

Dating/intimate partner violence- 49

Stalking on the basis of sex- 31

Sexual exploitation- 30

Bullying on the basis of sex- 11

Sex discrimination- 5

Sexual orientation discrimination- 5

Hazing- 2

Retaliation- 1

Not sex discrimination- 26

Too vague to classify- 5

The MU Provost Garnett Stokes says, “Most reports of sex discrimination came from employees of MU who were expressing sincere concerns about students.”

162 of the 328 victims did speak with the Title IX Office and received some type of support or accommodation.

MU Title IX administrator Ellen Eardley says she expects those numbers to possibly be higher next year as she thinks students will become more aware of the resources the University has to offer.

You can view the 30 page report here.

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