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DA’s Office Collaborates on Statewide Campus Sexual Assault MOU

Representatives from the Alameda County DA's Office worked on the groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office partnered with the California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, University of California Office of the President, San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office, San Francisco Police Department and Oxnard Police Department to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) addressing the issue of sexual assault on campus.

The MOU includes a How-To Guide and Template MOU for higher educational institutions and law enforcement agencies to improve their coordination, collaboration and transparency in response to cases of campus sexual assault.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, a national leader in the prosecution of sexual assault, said, “The work we have undertaken will forever impact the way California’s universities and colleges address sexual assaults on campus.

“Sexual assault victim-survivors will be assured that their voices are heard, that the crime will be investigated, and that they will receive the medical attention vital to their physical and psychological well-being. Also of great importance, campus personnel and law enforcement will now have clear guidance as to how to proceed when a victim reports a sexual assault,” she said.

For the first time under California law, campuses across the state are required to immediately alert law enforcement when a sexual assault occurs. By July 1 of this year, all campuses in California must have policies in place to ensure reports of sexual assault, violent crime, or hate crime made to campus authorities are disclosed to law enforcement immediately.

The Model MOU developed by the working group will help campuses and law enforcement agencies comply with their new obligations, increase reporting, and improve their response to campus sexual assault to seek justice for victims and accountability for perpetrators.

View the Memorandum of Understanding.

Posted on May 13, 2015