While the Title IX Task force has conducted this review with all deliberate speed, the University has been working to address challenges the University community faces. These efforts, noted below, address some of the concerns we have cited in our findings.
- Two new interdisciplinary groups, the Continuum of Care (COC) Case Management for students and the Continuum of Care (COC) Case Management for faculty/staff, have been formed so that all parties responsible for investigation and interim/supportive measures can be privy to case developments. The COC Case Management team for students is comprised of the Title IX coordinator, investigators, associate director of SAVIP, lead advocate for SAVIP, DLES, deputy Title IX coordinator for students, director of Residence Life, undergraduate ombudsperson, director of Student Life, and deputy Title IX coordinator for Athletics (as needed). The COC Case Management team for faculty and staff include Title IX coordinator, interpersonal violence (IPV) investigators, associate director of SAVIP, lead advocate for SAVIP, DLES, vice provost and deputy Title IX coordinator for faculty, employee relations consultant and deputy Title IX coordinator for staff, and deputy Title IX coordinator for Athletics (as needed). These groups meet weekly. This change addresses issues regarding the coordination of support services and investigation and fosters timely resolution of cases.
- Duty descriptions, responsibilities, and accountability measures have been written for the newly created deputy Title IX coordinators. These are current employees who have been assigned – as a part of their current positions – Title IX responsibilities. Deputy Title IX coordinators are now participating in the weekly COC Case Management meetings, which include trainings on policy/practice, and they will attend in-house training offered by SAVIP as well as DLES training this summer. These efforts address the issues regarding the training and capabilities of this crucial role.
- A new “soft-landings” process of intake for student cases is being developed. It begins with an intake coordinator who will offer supportive measures and focus on a trauma-informed response with the complainant first, and then determine if the complainant would like to move forward with informal or formal resolution. This important change addresses the intimidating and potentially re-traumatizing experience of reporting.
- The formation of a committee to review and revise policies regarding faculty misconduct. This committee addresses the concern over policy gaps in the disciplinary actions in faculty cases.
- DLES is hosting a two-day training titled “Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault: Enhancing Campus Response” facilitated by Tom Tremblay on July 14-15.” Topics include rape myths, neurobiology of trauma, trauma-informed first response, and trauma-informed interviewing. All members of EOP, OSC, SAVIP, and deputy Title IX coordinators have been invited to participate.