McCaskill says no need for pricey consultants

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is warning colleges and universities against hiring expensive consultants to revamp sexual discrimination policies.

The Democratic senator told reporters Tuesday that pricey contractors aren’t necessary. She spoke after a discussion at the University of Missouri on her bipartisan legislation addressing campus sexual assault and other safety issues.
The Columbia Daily Tribune recently reported (http://ow.ly/Cpe1j) the University of Missouri system has spent $495,000 on the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, a policymaking guidance and training consultant.
University system president Tim Wolfe said such contracts are intended to help improve policies on sexual discrimination and assault.
But McCaskill said material from the U.S. Justice Department and other sources should be enough for universities to implement new policies outlined in her Campus Accountability and Safety Act.