As the University prepares to distribute a new campus climate survey in Spring 2019, the Sexual Assault and Misconduct Advisory Committee (SAMAC) continues to focus on advancing education and prevention, support for survivors and those impacted by sexual assault and misconduct, and prompt and equitable response processes.
Over the past year, SAMAC has made substantial progress in implementing the Task Force’s eleven recommendations and sub-recommendations, including:
- Mandated online education and five-hour, in-person bystander training course for incoming first-year undergraduate and transfer students, with 99.7% completion rate in 2018;
- Mandatory online education for students in the graduate and law schools.
- Added one full-time staff member to the Office of Health Education Services (HES) whose work includes both direct clinical service and education/outreach;
- Ongoing trauma-informed training for 14 Sexual Assault and Response Team GUPD Officers;
- Enhanced transparency in Title IX cases overseen by the Office of Student Conduct and clarified the rights and responsibilities of parties involved in such cases;
- Proposed recommended language for all faculty to consider using in their course syllabi, beginning 2019, informing students of faculty's obligation to report sexual misconduct to the University's Title IX Coordinator, and letting students know where and how to get help or contact confidential resources if they experience sexual misconduct; and
- Reviewing and prioritizing recommendations from campus constituents to address gaps in education and resources for marginalized communities.
Per the Task Force recommendations, SAMAC will develop a separate group to serve as a traditional Coordinated Community Response Team, composed of community members from both inside and outside of the University, to ensure timely relevant and respectful responses to misconduct, and will facilitate coordinated and effective prevention and intervention efforts.