Improving Washington University’s Response to Sexual Assault and Misconduct: A Call to Action
Washington University, like most universities in the nation, has been challenged to address the serious issues of sexual assault and misconduct on our campuses, and our students have rightly expressed their concern that these matters should be treated with the highest level of urgency and sensitivity.
Our ultimate goal is to reduce the number of instances of sexual assault and misconduct at Washington University to none; however, we know that is extremely difficult to achieve. Even as we work to prevent incidents from occurring, we have to keep a firm focus on ensuring that our students are supported, treated fairly and respectfully, and given the appropriate tools to navigate the Title IX process. We also want to reduce the overall time to complete the Title IX adjudication process.
To that end, the Title IX Advisory Committee was launched in February of 2019. The Advisory Committee—made up of faculty, students and staff—exists to provide regular feedback to the Provost and to the Director of the Title IX Office about the Title IX process, policies and practices, and the university’s efforts in implementing this action plan.
The Committee is not procedurally involved in the Title IX process.
The Advisory Committee is in the process of formalizing its structure, creating committee processes, identifying training needs for its membership, considering appropriate and non-duplicative community feedback procedures, and understanding the work being completed by the Title IX Working Group and Implementation Teams. In the spring of 2020, after reviewing the completed work of the implementation teams, the committee plans to set specific committee goals.
Title IX Advisory Committee Members:
- Nicole Hudson, Academy for Diversity & Inclusion, Chair
- Jami Ake, Gender Studies, Faculty
- Tonya Edmond, Social Work, Faculty
- Jeffrey Matthews, Performing Arts, Faculty
- Jessica Klingler Cissell, Provost Office, Staff
- Austin Sandoval-Sweeney, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Staff
- Travis Tucker, Leadership & LGBTIA Involvement, Staff
- James Abraham, Mechanical Engineering, Student
- Maren Loe, Medicine/Systems Engineering & Sciences, Student
- Maddy Yaggi, Biology, Student