COLUMBIA — University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe was one of 20 university presidents invited to attend a "listening session" on sexual assault Wednesday in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from the system.
The gathering was one of nine outreach sessions facilitated by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The nine sessions will occur over a period of 90 days, hosting meetings not only with university presidents but also with health workers, social workers, law enforcement and victims of assault.
During the session, Wolfe and other university presidents talked with senior White House officials about the task force and discussed how to prevent future assaults on campus, UM System spokesman John Fougere said.
On Jan. 22, President Barack Obama announced the creation of the task force, which will focus on developing better ways to respond to and prevent assaults at universities and other institutes of higher learning.
Wolfe announced the formation of the University of Missouri System Sexual Assault and Mental Health Task Force last month. The task force helps the four chancellors of the UM System review current policies and procedures surrounding the reporting of sexual assaults as well as the accessibility of mental health resources on campus.
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