University of Virginia releases new interim sexual misconduct policy prompted by federal probe

A new interim policy on sexual misconduct and gender-based violence at the University of Virginia requires that all complaints be examined by the school's investigator or a trained external investigator.

The measure was put in place this week. It was prompted by a U.S. Department of Education investigation. It includes detailed reporting procedures as well as sexual assault and misconduct education. The policy says students and employees can have an adviser at disciplinary hearings, and provides an expanded guide for students seeking medical treatment, counseling or "no-contact" orders.

The changes, first reported by the Charlottesville Daily Progress, come four months after a Rolling Stone magazine article singled out the university for an alleged gang rape at a fraternity house. Charlottesville police said a monthslong investigation found no evidence of a sexual assault.


Information from: The Daily Progress,