Yesterday, SMU’s Task Force, aimed at reevaluating the school’s policies and procedures towards sexual misconduct on campus, met for the first time.
The group of 20 discussed the university’s sexual assault reporting procedures, the student congress review process for victims and suspects, and services that aid victims of sexual assault, according to a press release from SMU.
The university and the District Attorney’s office began this examination after the arrest of John David Mahaffey, 19, who was arrested and charged with the sexual assault of another male student on campus. This was the fourth sexual assault reported on campus this year.
Update: SMU’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, reported Wednesday that an SMU female student was sexually assaulted by an SMU male acquaintance at an off-campus apartment. The total number reported this year stands at five.
Read more about the goal of the task force in this week’s Park Cities People.