The Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence was created in April 2015 to bolster the University’s efforts in sexual violence prevention, education and advocacy services.
The task force is made up of dedicated students, faculty, staff, alumni and the executive director of Vera House. Along with the task force members, many peer educators, student organizations, staff and faculty members, and individual students are dedicated to this cause. We must all join with them to end sexual and relationship violence. It is all of our responsibility to ensure a safe campus environment.
Task Force Charge
- To review the University’s policies, practices, programs and procedures for preventing and effectively responding to sexual and relationship violence;
- To keep apprised of federal and state mandates and initiatives;
- To develop evidence-based recommendations to craft a comprehensive, cohesive and effective prevention and education program that will serve as a national model;
- To examine and identify new and more effective ways of using technology, social media and other means to better educate the University community about existing services, programs, support systems, enforcement efforts and adjudication results; and
- Any other matter deemed by the task force to be of our community’s well-being as it relates to the issue of sexual and relationship violence.
The Chancellor’s Task Force for Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention began working with the Culture of Respect Campus Collective Project, a NASPA initiative in January 2020. After completing the CORE Evaluation Process the Chancellor Task Force divided into six working groups, following the Culture of Respect pillars:
- Survivor Support: Looking at medical and supportive services available to survivors or victims. What reporting policies are in place and how accessible resources are.
- Clear Policies: Looking at policies, procedures and investigation protocols as well as what services are available for respondents.
- Multitiered Education: Looking at trainings, prevention education and programming that is available on campus for students, staff and faculty.
- Public Disclosure: Looking at communications to campus as well as data collection and what information is available. This pillar also looks into compliance with Clery, Title IX and other relevant legislature, such as Enough Is Enough.
- Schoolwide Mobilization: Looking into support and collaboration from student organizations, peer education, the structure of the Chancellor’s Task Force and strategies to obtain student feedback. As well as looking into efforts to work with students’ parents and families, alumni and faculty and staff.
- Ongoing Assessment: Looking into evaluation or programs, policies and the sexual & relationship violence bi-annual campus survey. Reviewing the methodology being used and how data is utilized.
Task Force Members
Members will be appointed in Fall 2021.