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UO adopts senate task force recommendations

UO-CESV is heartened by President Coltrane’s response to the UO Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support.

The adoption of these uncontroversial initial recommendations is a great first step. We hope that the response to the more difficult issues will be raised by the forthcoming campus climate survey and the recommendations the Senate Task Force will be making in late October will be as swift and decisive.

UO Message to Alums

This message was sent at 6:01 pm tonight to all UO alums.  It’s a very disappointing response to media coverage and does not do anything to alleviate the concerns we have about UO administrators’ priorities.

Dear Alumni and Friends,

KATU-TV aired a story series about the university and as an important friend of the UO we want you to have the most accurate information in case you get questions.

There are multiple errors in this story including inaccurate information about law enforcement activities, dates that should not be correlated to one another, and misrepresentation of the expertise of a retired UO faculty member.

The university took appropriate action when allegations were reported, and we are confident that our steps were necessary to ensure campus safety and integrity of criminal processes.

The story misrepresented the communication between the university and Eugene Police Department. EPD’s communications director Melinda McLaughlin told the reporter that EPD asked the university not to do anything that would compromise the investigation. The UO honored that request, and the police department was grateful.

The story hypothesizes that the university’s actions were driven by the NCAA-required Academic Progress Rate, or APR. This is inaccurate and that fact was conveyed to KATU. APR is calculated on a rolling four-year average with the latest data from a previous year, which makes transfers or scholarship non-renewals have significantly less impact than characterized by the story.

The story also tries to connect departures by former President Gottfredson, a chief human resources officer and general counsel as part of its timeline. The changes in leadership used in the news story are unrelated to one another and should not be connected in this manner.

Please visit the UO’s news website for facts regarding the university’s actions and thank you for your ongoing support of UO.

UO Public Affairs Communications

Response: KATU Story on UO’s Athletic Priorities

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UO-CESV Protest at the University of Oregon, Spring 2014

KATU’s recent report on sexual assault at the University of Oregon confirms our suspicions that administrators prioritized the needs of the basketball team over the safety of its students.

We are grateful to journalists in Oregon and nationally who are helping us shine a light on sexual violence on college campuses. Like KATU, members of UO-CESV have been struggling to get data about sexual assault at the University of Oregon. We remain concerned about inconsistencies in how reporting of sexual assaults are handled and our university administration’s continuing refusal to make public records concerning sexual assault on our campus.

With a new interim president and interim provost, we have the opportunity to move forward as a community – truthfully and transparently – in an effort to help us understand how and where our community has failed the young women who go to school here. We urge alumna of UO, faculty members, students, staff, and members of the broader Eugene community to join us in urging the leaders of our university to confront this problem directly and provide answers to a community that is increasingly appalled by the sexual violence that continues to take place on our campus and an administrative response that puts the economic interests of UO athletics above the safety and education of young women.

We are grateful to journalists in Oregon and nationally who are helping us shine a light on sexual violence on college campuses. In response to KATU’s recent report [add link], we remain concerned about inconsistencies in how reporting of sexual assaults are handled and our university administration’s continuing refusal to make public records concerning sexual assault on our campus. Moreover, addressing sexual violence on our campus should not mean hiring high-priced and ethically dubious firms like Brett Sokolov’s National Center for Higher Education Risk Management Group. Our university’s focus on risk management may be good for NCHERM’s business, but a risk management approach has not translated into effective prevention efforts or adequate funding for those.

With a new interim president and interim provost, we have the opportunity to move forward as a community – truthfully and transparently – in an effort to help us understand how and where our community has failed the young women who go to school here. We urge alumna of UO, faculty members, students, staff, and members of the broader Eugene community to join us in urging the leaders of our university to confront this problem directly and provide answers to a community that is increasingly appalled by the sexual violence that continues to take place on our campus.

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UOPD and Men’s Basketball

Dear UO Coalition: One issue that I think desperately needs answered in the “Men’s Basketball Case” is how the UOPD seemed to “intercept” the case from the Eugene Police Department. I have stated for quite some time that I would not trust the UOPD to handle sexual assault cases, particularly if they involved UO athletes. Just on March 14th, I made a public comment on the UOMatters blog, “While there may be other procedures for “sexual harassment”…. In terms of this headline, which is, “How to report a sexual assault at UO”…..It isn’t complicated: Dial 9-1-1 as soon as you are able and report it to the *Eugene Police Department*.” My concern should be clear: Do not allow the UOPD become involved. Yet, somehow, a UOPD officer was in “field training” for the Eugene Police Department and handled the case. From the Daily Emerald: “UOPD officer John Loos first met with the survivor on March 14, nearly a week after the events took place. UOPD communications officer Kelly McIver says Loos was in field training at the time and reported to EPD instead of UOPD. It’s standard protocol for city police to handle cases that happen off campus.” I call bullshit on this. How did the UOPD intercept this case from the EPD? This is incredibly problematic and I hope you all stay on top of this. Here’s how to file a Clery Act complaint: http://clerycenter.org/how-file-campus-sexual-assault-victims%E2%80%99-bill-rights-clery-act-complaint Email the complaint to: Clery@ed.gov and/or Call: 1-800-433-3243 and/or for complaint assistance contact: (484) 580-8754 or by email at info@clerycenter.org

2014-05-08 01.20.20

Update – Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support

To: UO Senate & Senate Executive Committee
 
From: Robert Kyr, University Senate President
 
RE: Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support
 
I am writing in order to give you an update regarding the Senate’s Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support.
 
On May 14, 2014, the task force was formed through legislation, which directs it to “study the strengths and limitations of the university’s response to recent incidents of sexual violence, and based on those assessments, to initiate sustained, proactive changes aimed at ending sexual violence and supporting survivors of sexual violence.” The complete text of the legislation may be accessed through this link: Senate motion US13/14-52
 
As authorized by the legislation, I formed the task force, which elected its co-chairs—Carol Stabile and Randy Sullivan. The membership of the task force is as follows:
 
Elected Members of the University Senate
David Espinoza, Officer of Administration Senator; Assistant Director,
Testing Center
Jennifer Freyd, Statutory Faculty Senator; Professor (Pyschology)
Randy Sullivan, Co-Chair; Statutory Faculty Senator; Lecture Demonstrator
            (Chemistry)
Members of Senate Constituencies
Ibrahim Gassama, James O. & Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Faculty Fellow;
Professor (Law)
Jocelyn Hollander, Associate Professor and Department Head (Sociology)
Andrew Lubash, Student Senator in the ASUO Senate; Undergraduate Student
(Political Science); Truman Scholar
Cheyney Ryan, UO Professor Emeritus (Philosophy and Law); Senior Research
            Fellow, Merton College, Oxford University
Nominees Recommended by UO-CESV
Amanda Marshall, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon
Carly Smith, Graduate Teaching Fellow and Gradute Student (Psychology)
Carol Stabile, Co-Chair; Professor (Journalism and Communication & Women’s
            and Gender Studies
Students 
Sarah Ray Rondot, Graduate Teaching Fellow (Women’s and Gender Studies);
Graduate Student (English)
Helena Schlegel, Undergraduate Student (Spanish)
Member of the University Administration
Sandy Weintraub, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards,
Dean of Students Office
Staff Members (Direct Services in Bias Education and Response to Sexual Violence for Students)
Renae DeSautel, Sexual Violence Response Coordinator; Dean of Students Office
Sheryl Eyster, Associate Dean of Students (Dean of Students Office)
Ex Officio, Non-Voting Members
Beatriz Gutierrez, ASUO President; Undergraduate Student (Ethnic Studies)
Robert Kyr, University Senate President; Philip H. Knight Professor of Music
Bruce MacAllister, UO Ombudsperson
 
The first two meetings of the task force were held on Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 24, 2014. As specified by the legislation, all meetings of the task force are open. All materials related to its work—including a complete membership list, agendas and minutes—may be found on its webpage, which may be accessed here: Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support
 
In particular, I encourage you to read the draft goals of the task force, which are posted on its webpage, here: Draft Goals
 
Recently, President Gottfredson and I had a fruitful discussion about coordinating the efforts of the President’s Review Panel and the Senate’s Task Force. In order to accomplish our goals, we must all work together in a cooperative and collaborative manner that will result in meaningful and sustainable action. The Senate Task Force will share its initial findings and make some preliminary recommendations for action no later than the October 22nd Senate meeting. It will also propose a structure for a Senate Standing Committee and create a list of longer-term agenda items for the committee to address.
 
Our Senate Task Force plans to meet again during the week of August 2nd and the notice of meeting will be posted on the Task Force webpage as soon as it is scheduled. As I mentioned above, all meetings are open and you are always welcome to attend.
 
On behalf of the Senate, I would like to thank each member of the task force for his or her willingness to serve and to address matters that deeply concern all of us. Thank you so much for your dedication and commitment.
 
All the best,
Robert Kyr
President, University Senate
Philip H. Knight Professor of Music

to raise awareness about sexual violence on our campus, and advocate for a safe and equitable educational experience.

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