Fresh Ideas on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Sexual Assault advocacy on campus has been progressing phenomenally over the past year. Positive policy range from hiring a full time Title IX Coordinator to printing campus resources on the back of newly issued GoCards. There is still work to do. Campus resources are strained, and students are not made aware of essential data regarding the frequency of sexual assault investigations on our campus.

Initiatives

  • Prevention
    • Trial Process Presentation: Require a Title IX Coordinator to draw up an educational presentation about the Title IX Investigation and Trial processes
      • These presentations will then be incorporated into SAPE’s prevention initiatives
    • Trial Transparency Report: The University will be required to draw up a yearly, public report of Title IX Trials and investigations including:
      • An overall report for Georgetown
      • A report for each separate campus
      • Each report will include:
        • Number of investigations initiated
        • Number of investigations that held to term
        • Number of investigations where perpetrator was found guilty and vice versa
        • Specific actions taken against each anonymous perpetrator, i.e. letter of reprimand, absence, suspension, expulsion
  • Response
    • Accountability: The Title IX Office needs some incentive or help in order to fulfill on the outlined policy, especially speedy processes
    • Leaves of absence: A separate form of absence leave (rather than academic) for student with mental health issues
      • Transparency about what we have to do/how to get there
      • Medical Leave of Absence VS semester off
    • Title IX will hold more student informational programming on the trial process
      • These could include brown bag lunches, open office hours, and eventually specially trained students who can also give larger workshops, in the manner of SAPE.
    • The University will be required to hire more CAPS counselors based on need presented in a given year
      • For sexual assault survivors, CAPS will require their trauma specialist to take only trauma students, and hire another counselor dedicated to this purpose if the counselor’s appointments are flooded.
    • Health Education Services will be given resources as what is asked of them increases
      • Another person who is a multi-culturally sensitive individual will do both programming and is a staff clinician.