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UC Proposes Systemwide Plan To Fight Sexual Misconduct

In a sweeping effort to combat sexual misconduct on campus, University of California officials unveiled a systemwide plan Wednesday, calling for mandatory training for all students, staff and faculty, improved support for victims and more thorough investigations.

The proposals were a response to heightened pressure from the U.S. Department of Education, which has called out universities for faulty reporting of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations. In California, UC Berkeley and UCLA are among several private and public schools under investigation by federal officials following student complaints that their cases have been mishandled.

Under the UC plan, each campus must have properly trained personnel to investigate sexual assault cases as well as a separate office to provide confidential support and advice to victims, even if no formal criminal or campus complaint is made.