See the UO Psych Clinic memo below as a good example of client confidentiality:
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
UO VP Robin Holmes recently rejected a request for support for professor Jennifer Freyd’s survey of experiences and perceptions of the UO campus climate. This study has the interest and shared surveys of a U.S. Senate committee and a White House task force, who asked Dr. Freyd to assist in piloting their work. I am sure they are intrigued by the university’s response.
I have published survey development and research on abuse and related topics for more than 30 years. I reviewed the measures in the current survey, several used in my own work. There is nothing unusual, unethical or problematic about the proposed study, and it asks important questions about the impacts of institutional and interpersonal betrayal.
To attack this project for an imagined potential for bias by Freyd further diminishes an administration embarrassed by recent decisions, in local and national press accounts. That scandal occurred after this project was in development; Freyd’s advocacy is the logical result of her many years of widely respected scholarly work. If a famed cancer scientist used her data to testify against smoking, would her research now be criticized? If a professor who had authored a scholarly book on disabilities then advocated for his autistic son, would his work be recast as “biased”?
Scholars around the country are watching with concern that faculty and students who dare to speak out at UO will fall victim to suppression and criticism. Please keep us informed by your reporting.
Kathryn Quina, Ph.D., Hope, R.I.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Kathryn Quina is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a professor of psychology and gender and women’s studies and associate dean at the Feinstein Providence Campus of the University of Rhode Island.
Carly Smith and Jennifer Freyd have new research on institutional betrayal and sexual assault forthcoming in American Psychologist, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Psychological Association and one of the top journals in the field of psychology.
As readers of this blog know, the University of Oregon administration has refused to fund the campus climate survey that Freyd proposed to conduct in the wake of the most recent sexual assault case.
If you would like to support this important research, you can donate directly by going to this link.
See today’s article in The Oregonian. But maybe you don’t want to read the comments.
See Camilla Mortensen’s piece about sports, sexual assault, and policy at UO (we think that someone was pulling these issues from the racks — it was nearly impossible to find them on campus).