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By TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY/APStudents and staff of Tennessee State University have been told not to talk about sexual assault, violence and mental illness, in a memo sent to campus members.
The memo was sent to students and staff on Friday, three days after the university’s Board of Trustees approved a new sexual assault policy, saying the message is to “be mindful of how we share information about our students and colleagues and to be careful about how we express our personal and professional beliefs.”
The new policy will go into effect on March 10.
It’s a significant departure from past policies that said it was OK for students and faculty to share “socially-relevant information about their own experiences and the lives of others,” according to the memo.
The University of Tennessee has faced controversy over how it handles sexual assault complaints.
A federal judge ruled last month that it had not done enough to protect victims of sexual assault and other types of harassment.
A U.S. Senate investigation last year found the university had violated federal civil rights laws by failing to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct.
The new memo is the latest in a series of efforts by the university to overhaul how it deals with sexual assault allegations, including the creation of a task force and establishing a hotline to help students and others.
The university said Friday that it’s considering expanding its prevention education for students to include more sexual assault prevention techniques.
It said it also is reviewing its policies on diversity and inclusion.