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WSU Police discuss sexual assault on campus

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PULLMAN, Wash. -

Six schools in Washington are currently under federal investigation for their handling of sex assault cases, including Washington State University. WSU has three open Title IX complaints.  The most recent of those complaints being investigated is from May of 2016.

A pamphlet from WSU police says there were six crimes reported on campus in 2014, and another four off campus. They say they know these crimes are underreported, but there's nothing they can do until someone comes forward.

"I think everyone knows that's one of the most underreported crimes there is," the Assistant Chief of the Washington State University Police Department, Steve Hansen, said.

He says the department handles rape and sexual assault on campus. Since the Washington Legislature mandated that schools, including WSU formalize their rape reporting and investigation by next month, Hansen says the police department is in the process of getting their memorandum together with the city. He says some school might be changing how reports of sexual assault are handled, but WSU police and Pullman Police plan on keeping their current system in place.

"It would still be with us because of us being a commissioned law enforcement agency," Hansen explained.

For more information on reporting sexual assault on WSU's campus, go here: https://oeo.wsu.edu/reporting/

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