Washington D.C. (KMOX) – A higher education group denies it’s trying to discourage colleges and universities from responding to a survey on campus rapes.
Earlier this week U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill demanded answers from the American Council on Education based on reports that a webinar held by the group cautioned schools about whether they should answer her questions about sexual assaults. McCaskill sent the group a letter and issued a public release about her concerns the Council’s advice might have a “chilling effect” on her survey of 450 institutions.
Ada Maloy, General Counsel for the group tells KMOX, she doesn’t believe any damage has been done. “It’s my understand that she’s probably received over 200 survey responses right now, and is likely to receive virtually 100-percent compliance.” Maloy says a Washington D.C. law firm offered to discuss the survey with the Council’s members after many expressed concerns about how to respond to McCaskill’s questions. “There is not a definitive legal requirement that an institution voluntarily respond to a survey,” explains Maloy. “However, the advice given was that it is certainly in the best interest of the institution to respond, and that those who decide not to respond may find themselves the focus of more attention than those that do respond.”
She says the Council has invited the Senator to meet in person to discuss the critical issue of sexual assaults on campuses.
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)