U of Illinois Reviewing Sex Abuse Policies
The University of Illinois is responding to allegations of sexual misconduct at other schools by reviewing its own policies.
The scandals and Penn State and Syracuse got the attention of Illinois President Michael Hogan.
"I think it's alarming to all of us and I'm no different, it's shocking," Hogan said. "Particularly when it involves a university, it's very, very shocking. We're not above it. The University of Illinois, we have 80 thousand students. You throw in the faculty and the staff, it's a big city almost. It's a medium sized city. So we're not immune to things going wrong, people making mistakes."
Hogan has ordered staff to go through the rules regarding sexual abuse to see if anything should be changed.
"We have a very, very good record on these things on all three of our campuses, but you can never be too sure or too safe," he said. "So it's just an occasion and opportunity for us to review our current policies."
Hogan said he wants to make it clear that anyone who witnesses inappropriate conduct is required to report it. He added that job protection would be given to the witness. Hogan said all university employees will undergo training to educate them on sexual harassment.
The policies will also cover non-university activities that use school facilities, including youth sports camps.