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Snyder proposes $500,000 for campus sexual assault programs

Mar 13, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder has proposed spending $500,000 for campus sexual assault prevention programs in his budget.

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

  The grant money would be split among universities if lawmakers give it the green light.

  But some advocates say it's not enough for all of the programs they'd like to run. And some students at Michigan State University are critical of administrators and a university policy requiring employees to report sexual misconduct even when the survivor says he or she doesn't want the incident reported.

  University spokesman Jason Cody defends that mandatory reporting policy. He says it's to hold perpetrators accountable.

  The tension between administrators and some students comes after a federal department said in September that the university was taking too long to handle sexual misconduct or assault complaints.