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UConn wants to hear from students after sexual assault complaint

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An online invitation to UConn's entire campus community launched the president's push for feedback one week after seven current and former students filed a Title IX complaint. 

The women, who said they were sexually assaulted on campus, were ignored by the university. The seven said UConn police officers suggested they were at fault and made comments that made them feel victimized again.

President's Task Force on Civility and Campus Culture was formed in August and now, they are looking to hear from everyone before making recommendations in December.

All UConn students received an email from the co-chairs of President's Task Force on Civility and Campus Culture on Monday.

The President's Task Force is seeking specific, effective, practical suggestions to prevent harassment, intimidation, and sexual violence by Nov. 22.

"I definitely want to see improvement on culture and especially sex assault, not just on our campus but all across the country," said Steve Martin, who is part of UConn's Greeks against Sexual Violence. "I'm glad they're trying to make improvements."

Martin said he and other students believe the university can do more to educate the student body.

"It's a lack of knowledge with sexual assault with my peers and my friend groups," Martin said. "They're not against education of, just very unaware, uneducated about consent."

UConn's president Susan Herbst wasn't at her office when Eyewitness News stopped by Monday. In an email to students Friday, she addressed the need to routinely assess and reassess all efforts to prevent sexual assault and more.

Student Laura Poff said she is proud of the women who came forward last week, including her two friends.

Poff said she believes Monday's email was a good idea.

"I guess they're trying, but it's kinda a cover up. To be publicly looking better than before, no way to address every students concerns, so trying the best way they can to get through a tough situation," Poff said.

A spokeswoman for UConn said they've requested a copy of the complaints through the students' attorney and were denied.

The attorney for the seven women, Gloria Allred, told Eyewitness News "if UConn wants a copy of it, they can request a copy."

Eyewitness News also requested a copy from that same office and have yet to receive the complaint.

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