Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Brief Description: 

To address widespread problems of sexual and gender-based violence within our community and to address how sexual and gender-based violence intersects with other aspects of community members’ identities, including race, sexual orientation, social class, and ability.

Background: 

Sexual and gender-based violence and harassment at universities are part of a national problem and these problems are also present at the University of Oregon. The UO must take measures to address the problem of sexual and gender-based violence and the needs of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, on and off our campus.

University Senate legislation US13/14-52, "Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support," paragraph 2.5, directed the said task force to, "...propose a structure for a Standing Committee;" and the said task force recommended in their final report to the University Senate, section 1.2, that "...the Senate enable the Task Force to continue [its] work by establishing a Standing Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence...";

Charge and Responsibilities: 

The Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence is formed:

  • to address widespread problems of sexual and gender-based violence within our community;
  • to address how sexual and gender-based violence intersects with other aspects of community members’ identities, including race, sexual orientation, social class, and ability;
  • to help create and sustain data-driven approaches to sexual and gender-based violence;
  • to ensure that prevention efforts are grounded in research and best practices;
  • and to work to change the culture of our campus so that sexual and gender-based violence can be eradicated.

This committee is also particularly charged to work with the university administration to implement and maintain the recommendations of the Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support as contained in its reports for as long as the committee deems those recommendations to be cogent and the measures that they prescribe to be efficacious

Membership Requirements: 
  • 3 Elected Faculty Members
  • 1 Faculty Member (does not need to be from WGS), appointed by the Women's and Gender
       Studies Department
  • 1 Law Faculty Member, appointed by the Senate President
  • 1 Officer of Administration Member, appointed
  • 1 Classified Staff Member, appointed by SEIU
  • 1 Undergraduate Student, appointed by ASUO
  • 1 Graduate Student, appointed by ASUO
  • Director of Crisis Intervention and Sexual Violence Support Services, ex officio non-voting
  • AVP/Title IX Coordinator, ex officio non-voting
  • General Counsel or their designee, ex officio non-voting
Reports to the Senate: 

This committee shall report to the University Senate. At a minimum this report shall be in the form of an annual written report submitted by the committee chair to the Senate Executive Coordinator and the President of the Senate following summer session. The committee shall also make additional written or oral reports to the Senate as necessary.  This committee shall be a standing University committee.  It shall be convened by the University Senate president and it shall elect its chair.

2015-2016

Agendas, Minutes, Misc documents

 

Current Members: 
MemberUnitContactTerm Exp Chair
Sonja BoosGerman - Elected Faculty repsboos@uoregon.edu2018 
Autumn ShaferSOJC - Elected Faculty repashafer@uoregon.edu2018 
Nancy ShurtzLaw - Elected Faculty repnshurtz@uoregon.edu2018 
 - WGS Appointed Faculty rep 2018 
 Law Faculty Rep - Appointed by Senate President 2018 
 Classified Staff - SEIU Appointee 2018 
Nicole Commissiong - OA Council Appointee 2018 
 Graduate Student - ASUO Appointee 2017 
 Undergraduate Student - ASUO Appointee 2017 
Renee DeSautelDirector of Crisis Intervention and Sexual Violence Support Servicesdesautel@uoregon.eduEx Officio Non-Voting 
Darci HeroyAVP/Title IX Coordinatortitleixcoordinator@uoregon.eduEx Officio Non-Voting 
Missy MatellaGeneral Counsel or Designeemmatella@uoregon.eduEx Officio Non-Voting 

Working Groups (HISTORICAL)

Sexual Violence Curriculum Working Group:

Members:

Dan Fielding, Sociology

Abigail Leeder, Student Life

Jocelyn Hollander, Sociology

Ryan Kelly, PE (Co-Chair)

Ellen McWhirter, College of Education

Bonnie Mann, Philosophy

Peg Rees, PE

Sarah Ray Rondot, English

Jeff Todahl, Counseling Psychology

Frances White, Anthropology

Emails:aleeder@uoregon.edu,sarah.ray.rondot@gmail.com,nwmaryankelly@gmail.com,jocelynh@uoregon.edu,ellenmcw@uoregon.edu,bmann@uoregon.edu,jtodahl@uoregon.edu,dfieldin@uoregon.edu, pegr@uoregon.edu, fwhite@uoregon.edu 

Confidential Therapy Records Working Group:

Members:

John Bonine (Chair)

Renae DeSautel

Ibrahim Gassama

Crystal Dehle

Doug Park

Emails:

jbonine@uoregon.edu,desautel@uoregon.edu,cdehle@uoregon.edu,igassama@uoregon.edu,dougpark@uoregon.edu

Category or Type: 

Standing Committee

Additional Information: 

20 Students Per Week:

The Report of the University Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support (Final)

Initial Recommendations for Immediate Action:

Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support

Resources and Related Documents

Task Force Documents

1. Draft Task Force timeline

2. Notes from meeting with University of Oregon Review Panel on Sexual Miscounduct Prevention and Response (Robert Kyr, Carol Stabile, and Randy Sullivan attending)

3. Recommended Good Samaritan Policy

4. Notes from Preliminary Talks Concerning Mandatory Courses

5. Email from Interim President Coltrane Regarding Jennifer Freyd's Presentation to the Task Force

6. Prevention Working Group Recommendations

7. Draft Syllabus Statement Regarding Sexual Violence with suggested edits from campus constituents

8. Final version of Message to Teaching Faculty

9. Final version of Draft Amnesty Policy incorporating edits from campus constituents

University of Oregon Resources and Documents

1. 2013 Campus Report on Sexual Misconduct

2. Groves Report (2013)

3. safe.uoregon.edu

4. Notes from President's Review Panel meeting public comments (8/27)

5. Preliminary information from The UO Sexual Violence Survey (Jennifer Freyd, Marina Rosenthal, Carly Smith)

6. Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force Report, Spring 2013 (ASUO Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force)

7. Relevant Data from the 2009 and 2012 Graduate Student Experience Survey (Graduate School)

8. UO Football Ejection Stats, 2011 Season - Games 1-6 2014 Season

Other Resources and Documents

1. Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

2. Campus Sexual Assault: How America's Institutions of Higher Education Respond

3. Sexual Violence on Campus (U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill)

4. Burying Our Heads in the Sand: Lack of Knowledge, Knowledge Avoidance, and the Persistent Problem of Campus Peer Sexual Violence (Nancy Chi Cantalupo)

5. Checklist for a Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Harassment (U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights)

6. Know Your Rights (U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights)

7. Questions and Answers on Title IX Sexual Violence (U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights)

8. Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment, Including Sexual Violence (U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights)

9. Implementation of Changes to the Clery Act made by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Department of Education)

10. Understanding the Predatory Nature of Sexual Violence (David Lisak)

11. Voluntary Resolution Agreement, Yale University

12. Dangerous Safe Havens: Institutional Betrayal Exacerbates Sexual Trauma (Smith & Freyd)

13. Official Campus Statistics for Sexual Violence Mislead (Freyd)

14. Institutional Betrayal (Smith & Freyd)

15. Colleges, Universities Told To Do More To Prevent Sexual Assault (NPR)

14. How Syllabi Can Help Combat Sexual Assault (Chronicle of Higher Education)

13. Helping Students Who Have Experienced a Sexual Assault (Indiana University)

14. Response from Sexual Assault Survey Researchers to "A Call to Reduce Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Towards Effectively Assessing Campus Climate" (a variety of authors)

15. Letter from Scientists to AAU Member Presidents

16. Graphs and Data (Autzen Ejections)