Kansas State University fraternities are calling on the university to begin investigations of alleged sexual violence that occurs off campus, according to a report from the Associated Press released Wednesday.
It cited a story from Monday’s Manhattan Mercury that reported the university’s Interfraternity Council unanimously approved a resolution seeking the university’s involvement in off-campus incidents. The move comes less than a week after two students sued the university, alleging civil rights violations for not looking into two allegations of rape that occurred at off-campus events hosted by fraternities.
As KMAN reported April 22, university and local leaders were quick to react after the two students filed the suit in U.S. District Court on April 20.
The story has received vast national attention.
The New York Times published a piece on the suits the day they were filed and ABC’s Good Morning America had a segment on the story Monday.
The council’s resolution says the university hasn’t given victims assurance to continue their education free of sexual violence by assisting with finances or helping students change their residence, class schedule or campus job.
University spokesman Jeff Morris told the Associated Press the university will consider the resolution. He says the university is currently working on rewording the language in its policy on investigating sexual assault allegations.
The council also started a change.org petition on the issue that as of this writing has over 400 supporters.