University of Richmond modifies sexual assault protocol

Photo by Julie Tripp
Photo by Julie Tripp

The University of Richmond updated its students on its efforts to improve its handling of sexual assault cases last Tuesday.

UR came under the national spotlight in September after the Huffington Post published the personal account of CC Carreras, a senior, which highlighted how the university mishandled her sexual assault case. Days later, the Huffington Post posted another account, this time from junior Whitney Ralston, which chronicled similar events.

President Ronald A. Crutcher announced that the university established the Center for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.  

“The Center is designed to ensure that the University support resources are holistic and coordinated,” Crutcher stated in the email. “We have begun the search process for a dedicated counselor with expertise in counseling and supporting survivors of sexual violence and for the full-time education and prevention specialist.”

Crutcher stated the University is working to bring an independent, confidential survivor advocate to the Center.

Crutcher said the process for investigating and responding to reports of sexual misconduct is now independent of the Coordinate Colleges.

Associate Dean Dan Fabian and his wife, Associate Dean Kerry Albright-Fankhauser, will no longer handle Title IX cases, according to NBC12.

Fabian served the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the men’s college while Albright-Fankhauser held the same position at the women’s college.

The new role of Deputy Title IX coordinator will be filled on an interim basis by Tracy Cassalia, Manager of Health Education and Wellness, while the University conducts a national search for this position.

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