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

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.

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