Senate Minutes – 03.03.15


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  1. “It’s on Us to Lead the Way” presentation by Jessica Kennedy, Title IX Coordinator, and Kim Webb, Director of the Office of Sexual Assault and Community Health Services
    1. Spring 2012 survey, 39% of undergraduates reported that they had been personally affected by dating or sexual violence
      1. Sensitive to the phrasing of the question
      2. “unwanted activities”
  • Asked about specific experiences, while they were students here
  1. 21% experienced at least one type of sexual activity
  2. 13% experienced unwanted sexual activity because the other partner threatened to end the relationship or the victim felt pressured by the argument or begging
  3. 11% experienced unwanted sexual activity because they were to drunk or high
  1. WU Policies
    1. Policy on sexual assessment
    2. University student judicial code
      1. Prohibition of certain behavior (for students only)
      2. Prohibits sexual conduct with any member of the University “without consent
      3. Affirmative consent policy
        1. Not necessarily called that
        2. Policy states that consent is not clear without anything that clearly states yes
          1. Doesn’t mean silence or passiveness
          2. Active
  • Policy on discriminatory harassment
  1. Non-discrimination statement
  2. Definition of sexual harassment
    1. Sexual harassment can rise to the level of creating a hostile environment for the student
    2. Important to note that culturally students come from different backgrounds, don’t assume that whom the person you are interacting with has the same level of comfort as oneself
    3. g request for sexual favors
  3. Definition of sexual violence
    1. Prohibited form of sexual harassment
    2. High correlation between the use of drugs and alcohol by one or both parties
      1. Not that alcohol and drugs cause these issues, but that they are connected
      2. Causes peoples behavior to be different
      3. Understand that things need to be very clear if both issues are at play
      4. Just because someone acquiescence does not ean conduct is acceptable
    3. Title IX
      1. Federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, in all education programs
      2. Protects students, employees and third parties (wherever they may be found)
        1. g when students are studying abroad they are still protected by title IX
  • Definition of sexual harassment includes sexual violence, relationship, or dating violence and stalking
    1. Things that prevent a someone from fully experiencing their educational process
  1. Failure to comply with title IX can result in the University’s loss in Federal funding
  1. It’s on Us to:
    1. Know the definitions and policies
    2. Educate our peers
  • Be an active bystander
  1. Be a great role model
  1. Relationship or dating abuse
    1. Pattern of abusive or coercive tactics employed to gain power over another partner
    2. Actual or threatened abuse or violence committed by a person who has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim
  2. Stalking
    1. Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: fear for his/her safety, suffer substantial emotional distress
  3. It’s On Us to:
    1. Know and understand community expectations
    2. Know and understand the WU response
  • Be aware and share the WU resources
  1. Duty of WU upon notice
    1. Stop the harassment
    2. Prevent its recurrence
  • Remedy the effects of harassment on victim student and WU community
  1. Obligation to investigate regardless of whether a formal complaint has been filed
  2. If a student does not want to comply with the investigation
    1. Can adhere to those wishes
    2. May not be able to provide any remedy to them
    3. May be able to remedy the situation to the wider community
  3. What is notice?
    1. WU has notice if a “responsible employee” knew or in exercise of reasonable care, should have known about the harassment
    2. Talk to faculty, staff, graduate students, RA’s an so on
      1. People that are seen as authority figures in any way
      2. Talk about how to interact with students, to be supportive and apathetic so that a student can get the resources that they need
      3. Majority of resources are not confidential, required to pass that information to the University
        1. To a limited number of people
        2. Title IX coordinator
        3. Ensure that the necessary steps are taken
      4. There are confidential resources
        1. Kim Webb
          1. has an anonymous report form
        2. Student Health Services
        3. SARAH
          1. When they are acting in the role of a SARAH
        4. Uncle Joe’s
        5. WUPD Silent Witness Program
      5. Office of Sexual Assault and Community Health Services
        1. Services are offered regardless of whether the individual wants to report something
        2. 24h crisis response and assurance of continuity of care
  • Student always has the choice of what they want
    1. Are supported and make the most appropriate choices
    2. Contact orders and orders of protection
      1. Latter evokes the judge
    3. Talk about the various judicial and criminal processes
      1. Can happen simultaneously
    4. Broad base of prevention education
    5. Ways to get involved: SARAH, CORE, Men’s Group, CARE
  • Day facilitator applications are open, 5 March – 3 April
    1. No prior training required
  1. Reporting resources
    1. WUPD
    2. Jessica Kennedy
  • Tamara King
  1. While the University strongly encourages victims to report to the University, and the police, we understand that some students will ask that their name not be disclosed to the alleged perpetrator or that the school not proceed with a formal investigation or disciplinary action. The University will seriously consider these requests and, except in limited circumstances, will honor the student’s wishes
    1. Victim under the age of 18, required by state law
    2. If someone is a serial offender
  2. University’s process and the outside process are not joined
  1. Questions/comments?
    1. Keep what is occurred private, information is passed up but not spread horizontally. Inform the student body of this so that they are more comfortable with sharing this
      1. Serious with dealing with issues of retaliation
      2. Directly or through a third party someone is being retaliated against, is a charge under the UJC
      3. Training of RA’s in supportive and empathetic listening, maintaining confidentiality
    2. Sexual assault task force
      1. Appointed by the Provost and chaired by Dean Stahl and a few other figures
        1. Two students that are on it are; Austin (Med School) and Libby Ward
      2. 4 committees: assessment and evaluation, processes and procedures, prevention and education, advocacy and support
        1. Diverse representation on the committees
        2. Collaborative effort between the Danforth and Med School campus
      3. Recommendations are due to the Provost on May 30th
  • Gap that needs to be filled: information of the students
    1. Recently put together a poster with the information of the different resources available (confidential and non-confidential)
    2. Will be put around the whole school
    3. Working with public relations to create it as an interactive map so that when you see it online it will show where it is located on campus (and a summary of what it offers)
    4. It’s On Us campaign has increased awareness and directing people to resources
    5. More work on the website and brochures
    6. Kim and Jessica are open to giving these sort of talks to any student group
      1. Can facilitate a conversation about whatever issue the group is dealing with
    7. What’s the difference between SARAH and the talks/trainings conducting by you?
      1. Processes and procedures, trauma response and confidentiality
      2. SARAH more about supporting survivors, focused on things to say and things that can be perceived about victim-blaming
        1. Very specific on supporting and understanding survivors
      3. Different audiences respond to different types of presentation
      4. SARAH says can better appeal to peer groups
        1. Tailor it to whomever the audience is
      5. Process has changed, different from January 2013
      6. UJC are designed to address complaints from students, complaint can be made any time as long as the person filing the complaint was a student when the event occurred
        1. Limit to the actions that can be taken
        2. g even if the person has still graduated there are ways that the investigation can progress, mark on their transcript should the investigation come to a sort of conclusion
        3. Understand the nature of trauma, that people may not feel comfortable immediately after the event occurred
  • Are there rape kits available in SHS?
    1. No, because people who perform forensic exams are called SANS that go through specific and extensive training
    2. Not open 24h, cannot offer this service 24h
    3. Question how many people they would serve
    4. Utilize local hospitals
    5. Person can always be accompanied no matter what hour it is
      1. Made accessible
      2. Can contact Kim Webb or WUPD
      3. Ways to access that care but not available on campus
    6. Time limit: 120h
      1. Evidence can be captured even if they are not sure if they want to make a report
    7. EST trying to make a push forward to be more readily available for victims of sexual assault
      1. Preservation of clothing or evidence
      2. Arrange for this raining
  • Penalties for such behavior, what if someone did not intend to conduct sexual misconduct or sexual harassment?
    1. One is expected to know the code and expectation of behaviors of this university
    2. Room for confusion about what consent looks like in specific situations
    3. If you are not absolutely positive then stop what you’re doing
    4. Hope that by following their process in a fair and timely manner, the damage done to both parties can be minimized
    5. Board is trained and supportive all the way through the process
      1. Can appeal to the Provost to ensure that the process has been followed properly
    6. Resolution on Part-time Tuition, Nik
      1. Can only pay part-time tuition after 8 semesters at WashU
      2. Tuition at a pro-rate basis
      3. Peer institutions have programs where you can be a part-time student for one semester
      4. Questions/comments?
        1. Dean Killian brought up that part-time tuition for the whole of senior year resulted in the net loss of $2 million
          1. Purpose of the second resolved clause?
          2. Investigate peer institutions and see whether they can overcome net losses in a specific way
          3. Held accountable
        2. How do you get student to commit, if they don’t know whether or not they will need to take credits in senior year?
          1. Lay out with their 4 year academic advisor a plan
          2. File in something junior year
          3. Start these serious conversations with administrators to see how this can be accomplished
  • Potentially need only one resolved clauses
    1. Switch the order of the resolved clauses
    2. Amendment passes
  1. International students need to be full-time students to maintain their visa status
  2. What would be the status of transfer students
    1. Ideally they would be, need to talk to the administration first
    2. Full 2 year residency requirements, 60 credits transferred
    3. Issue different depending on when the student transferred
  3. Resolution tabled
  1. Resolution for pre-matriculation credit, Stella
    1. Questions/comments?
      1. Balance AP credits and college credits
      2. Limitations in the number of credits you can take
        1. 1 course per semester, counts towards credit but not to your GPA (depends on your undergraduate school)
  • High School Access Program
    1. Special to WashU
    2. Other state school has a policy of part-time enrollment of high school students
  1. Notes:
    1. Have a smaller meeting with people that have edits to make it before the whole meeting of senate
    2. Need to hash out the resolution with Exec
  • Meet with administration over spring break, bring them ideas and thoughts
  1. Resolution tabled