BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Higher education officials look to take the next step forward in the battle of sexual assault with a new policy the Louisiana Board of Regents approved Monday.
The board approved the state's first uniformed sexual misconduct code, in an effort to get all state colleges and universities on one accord when dealing with sexual assault complaints. Dr. Joseph Rallo with the board said it's a policy long overdue.
"Sexual misconduct has been with us for many years," said Rallo. "We didn't recognize it often times, but it's to important now to address."
Among the policy's many components, schools are required to offer education on sexual assault and prevention.
"We want accountability," explained Rallo. "We want to make sure there is training for people who are providing the resources and training, as well as the student body."
Rachel Hebert used to be a student at LSU. Now she is a director of S.T.A.R. An organization geared toward education and helping victims of sexual assault. She said a policy like this is what Louisiana schools need. She also explained that statistics show 1 in 5 women will be sexual assaulted in their college career. The policy could go in effect as early as March.