BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top higher education board has adopted a statewide policy for how college campuses should handle sexual assault claims.
The Board of Regents approved the plan Monday. The plan was prompted by legislative questions involving how campuses respond to assault allegations.
The broad guidelines are mandatory for all public colleges, with campuses given leeway to develop more specific procedures.
Each school is required to offer education and prevention programs to students in their first semester on campus and regularly after that. Colleges must work with local law enforcement on coordinated response efforts to assault claims.
Individual campus policies must prohibit retaliation against anyone who complains about sexual misconduct or provides information for an investigation into such claims. They also must offer counseling and health services to anyone who reports an assault.