BSU Takes Federal Measures To Prevent Sexual Violence On Campus

By Jake Perrone - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

March 29, 2014 Updated Mar 29, 2014 at 6:43 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (21Alive) – Incoming freshmen at Ball State University will have to complete an online course examining the connection between alcohol use and sexual violence under a federal law designed to reduce violence on college campuses.

The university has also begun tracking domestic violence, dating violence and stalking incidents to comply with the Federal Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, the Star Press reports.

The law is part of a national push by President Obama to protect students from sexual assault.

According to Ball State's latest campus security report, eight forcible sex offenses were reported on campus and three in non-campus buildings in 2012.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Civil Rights say such incidents are widely under-reported. Officials estimate nearly 20 percent of college women will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault.

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