Oxy Faculty Hearing Board Recommends Task Force… In 2009
Four years of conversation, three sexual assault task forces, and still… recommendations to improve Oxy’s sexual assault climate, programming, policies, and procedures have still not been implemented.
From a 11/6/2009 report developed by a Faculty Hearing Board on Sexual Assault comprised of faculty across the College, here are three recommendations very similar to the 12 Demands proposed by OSAC four years later.
Part 3: Recommendations
- Convene a task force (commission) of outside professionals, to conduct an objective investigation of the prevalence and causes of sexual assault on campus and recommend actions to reduce/prevent these crimes. Although national statistics are readily available, determining how these data apply to Oxy is probably very difficult and beyond the expertise of most regular faculty and staff. The incidents of sexual assault at Oxy are undoubtedly more numerous than actually reported. Seeking numbers of higher activity that are not based on actual evidence is inappropriate. An outside group would have no vested interest in the outcome of the findings and would provide a new perspective on tackling these complex issues. The task force’s findings should become the basis for the drafting of a new sexual assault policy.
- Form a committee of faculty to work with the Dean of Students office to assess the Task Force recommendations, make their own investigations, and re-draft the Sexual Assault policy. Special attention should be paid to the analysis of the outcomes and recommendations made by the Task Force and in identifying effective policies on other campuses that may be adapted to fit Oxy’s needs.
- Form a standing pool of specifically trained faculty to serve on sexual assault hearing panels. The concerns here are: 1) the work involved with establishing and training a group of faculty who may deal with two or fewer cases each year so it may be best to think in terms of two or three year assignments, and 2) assuring in the formation of such a group that persons involved are neutral parties and the ‘training’ does not engender a political or cultural bias with regard to sexual assault.