A new statewide initiative aimed at Ohio's public and private colleges launched Tuesday.
The Changing Campus Culture report aims to help colleges and universities prevent and better respond to incidents of sexual violence.
The report was unveiled at the statehouse and calls for colleges to adopt five recommendations:
- Use data to guide action with an annual campus climate survey
- Empower staff, faculty, campus law enforcement and students to prevent and respond to sexual violence through evidence-based training
- Communicate a culture of shared respect and responsibility
- Develop a comprehensive response protocol
- Adopt a survivor-centered response
Plans are underway at regional campuses to implement the recommendations.
Partners of the initiative hope to have 100 percent of colleges complying with the guidelines by the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year.
The state Department of Education says more than 100 sexual assaults were reported on Ohio's public campuses in 2013. Officials say these crimes are often under-reported, and the number of assaults is likely higher.
A total of $2 million from the state budget has been allocated to support the program.