To: UO Senate & Senate Executive CommitteeFrom: Robert Kyr, University Senate PresidentRE: Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor SupportI 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 US13/14-52As 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 SenateDavid Espinoza, Officer of Administration Senator; Assistant Director,Testing CenterJennifer Freyd, Statutory Faculty Senator; Professor (Pyschology)Randy Sullivan, Co-Chair; Statutory Faculty Senator; Lecture Demonstrator(Chemistry)Members of Senate ConstituenciesIbrahim 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 ScholarCheyney Ryan, UO Professor Emeritus (Philosophy and Law); Senior ResearchFellow, Merton College, Oxford UniversityNominees Recommended by UO-CESVAmanda Marshall, United States Attorney for the District of OregonCarly Smith, Graduate Teaching Fellow and Gradute Student (Psychology)Carol Stabile, Co-Chair; Professor (Journalism and Communication & Women’sand Gender StudiesStudentsSarah Ray Rondot, Graduate Teaching Fellow (Women’s and Gender Studies);Graduate Student (English)Helena Schlegel, Undergraduate Student (Spanish)Member of the University AdministrationSandy Weintraub, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards,Dean of Students OfficeStaff Members (Direct Services in Bias Education and Response to Sexual Violence for Students)Renae DeSautel, Sexual Violence Response Coordinator; Dean of Students OfficeSheryl Eyster, Associate Dean of Students (Dean of Students Office)Ex Officio, Non-Voting MembersBeatriz Gutierrez, ASUO President; Undergraduate Student (Ethnic Studies)Robert Kyr, University Senate President; Philip H. Knight Professor of MusicBruce MacAllister, UO OmbudspersonThe 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 SupportIn particular, I encourage you to read the draft goals of the task force, which are posted on its webpage, here: Draft GoalsRecently, 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 KyrPresident, University SenatePhilip H. Knight Professor of Music