Category Archives: Activism

UO-CESV Meeting

Dear UO-CESV Members,

We will be meeting on Thursday, 10/9, at 7 pm, at the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry (1236 Kincaid Street) for a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Freyd, Marina Rosenthal, and Carly Smith on the preliminary results from the UO Sexual Violence and Institutional Behavior Campus Survey they completed last month.
Also, please save the date for a presentation on Monday, 11/3, from 7-9 pm on identifying and challenging retaliation.
The UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence

Response: KATU Story on UO’s Athletic Priorities

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 5.44.21 PM
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.

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