Call for nominations to new Sexual Assault Advisory Council

April 22, 2015

As part of the comprehensive initiatives to address sexual assault, the university is seeking nominations for a new Sexual Assault Advisory Council. This group will play a key role in advancing the university’s comprehensive plan to improve its practices in preventing and responding to sexual assault and ensuring the campus is respectful and safe for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

In the summer of 2014, the President’s Review Panel assessed the prevention, support, and response practices to reduce sexual violence and better support survivors at the University of Oregon. The final report summarizes the group’s findings and lists recommendations for a comprehensive approach to preventing and responding to sexual assault.

Following the advice of the review panel, the president will appoint a Sexual Assault Advisory Council. The council’s mission is to help foster a campus community of safety, respect, and responsibility at University of Oregon. The council will work with the Assistant Vice President - Campus Sexual Assault and Title IX Coordinator to provide advice and counsel to the President of the University of Oregon, Vice President for Student Life, and Vice President for Finance and Administration. The council will include faculty members, students, staff, and community partners who will provide advice on best practices and strategies to:

  • Engage with campus, the community, higher education experts, advocates,  legislators, and others on best and promising practices to address sexual assault;
  • Educate the campus community about how to recognize and prevent incidents of sexual assault;
  • Educate the campus community about the reporting process for incidents of sexual assault;
  • Enhance support and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault; and
  • Ensure a fair and balanced process for responding to incidents, concerns, and complaints.

The Sexual Assault Advisory Council will include the following representatives:

  • One faculty member from the University Senate Committee on Sexual Violence
  • Two additional faculty members
  • One officer of administration from student life
  • One additional officer of administration
  • One classified staff member
  • Two undergraduate students
  • One graduate student
  • One UO graduate
  • One community partner

The council will be supported with staff assistance from the Assistant Vice President - Campus Sexual Assault and Title IX Coordinator, a new position created as part of the university’s comprehensive plan to address sexual assault. They will meet regularly and produce an annual report of its activities in coordination with the new AVP.

To nominate someone or seek appointment to the advisory council please e-mail by Friday, May 8. Update: The deadline has been extended to May 18.