Texas university gives police guidelines on responding to sexual assaults

The 170-page document was developed by UT System police


Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas System has put together guidelines to help campus police at all 14 institutions better respond to sexual assault victims.

A statement Tuesday announced what the UT System calls a "science-based, victim-centered blueprint" for police.

The 170-page document was developed by UT System police and the Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault at the flagship campus in Austin.

Authorities hope the information will help the 600 officers better engage with and understand victims, as well as reporting the allegations, for improved public safety.

The UT System, with more than 217,000 students, began a $1.7 million comprehensive campus sexual assault study last summer to better assist students and staff on the issue of sexual violence.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press

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