George Washington University is located in our nation’s capital. The system this university has put into place for handling sexual-assaults is poorly setup. The College Fix reports.

GW faculty have no idea how to handle sexual-assault reports

Whatever your thoughts on the fairness of the sexual-assault reporting system at George Washington University, its utter complexity doesn’t seem to be helping either accuser or accused.

The GW Hatchet reports that top faculty members have said “they didn’t know they’re legally obligated to report the allegation” when students report assault to them, and don’t think their colleagues know either:

GW already sends faculty-wide emails and teaches professors about the University’s sexual assault resources at department meetings and new employee orientation. A faculty member’s role in responding to sexual assault is also available online in the University’s 20-page sexual harassment policy.

But faculty say though they do hear about how to help a student cope with a sexual assault, information about their responsibilities can get lost in their email inboxes. …

Melani McAlister, the head of the American Studies department, said at December’s Faculty Senate meeting that she just learned she must report student sexual assault allegations to the police because she is a department chair. That’s a tricky balancing act, McAlister said, because students also come to her for advice about family issues and problems outside of school.

The bureaucracy is maddening:

Gregg Brazinsky, an assistant professor of history and international affairs, said that having so many offices working on the University’s response to sexual assault could be confusing for students.

“The bureaucracy surrounding this issue seems to be complex and unwieldy,” he said at the December Faculty Senate meeting. “Might there be a way to simplify it for the students so they have one clear path, very clear route of what they could do?”