Over the past two years, SAMAC has made substantial progress (updated May 2019) on nine of the 11 recommendations from the Sexual Assault and Misconduct Task Force. Working closely with various campus departments and offices, SAMAC helped promote, oversee and facilitate implementation of the recommendations, including:
- Mandatory online education and five-hour, in-person bystander training course for incoming first-year undergraduate and transfer students, with 99.8 percent completion rate in 2018;
- Mandatory online education for students in the graduate and law schools, with more than 94.7 percent compliance in 2018;
- Implementation of new registration hold to enforce completion of the mandatory education requirements;
- Addition of one full-time staff member to the Office of Health Education Services (HES) whose work includes both direct clinical service and education/outreach;
- Further trauma-informed training for GUPD’s Sexual Assault and Response Team (SART) 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;
- Creation of new anonymous feedback mechanisms for Title IX, Student Conduct, Health Education Services and GUPD;
- Proposal of 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
- Oversight of focus groups and recommendations from campus constituents to address gaps in education and resources for marginalized communities.
Per the Task Force’s final recommendation, SAMAC will develop a separate group to serve as a more traditional CCRT. This group will provide a multidisciplinary approach and response to issues around sexual assault, sexual misconduct, harassment, stalking and interpersonal violence. More information about how to become involved in the CCRT will be shared later this fall.