The University of Oregon will hold a news conference today to explain the university’s policies on sexual assault, and the university will also announce a sexual assault awareness program that it hopes will be used as an “unifying theme.”
“Our students are among the most victimized in our society and this is a critical moment in their lives,” University President Carol L. Sargent said.
“We want them to understand that they have the ability to take responsibility and to make changes to protect themselves, their friends, and their communities.”
According to the university, the new policy will help students understand their rights and what to do if they are a victim of sexual assault.
“In the context of sexual violence, we want to create a framework that supports the right of students to speak up about sexual violence in a way that’s empowering and doesn’t perpetuate shame and secrecy around what happens,” L.S.
“That’s something we’ve seen in other institutions across the country.
It’s something that we feel very strongly about.”
The new policy includes the following guidelines:For more information on the university of Oregon’s new sexual assault policy, click here.
The university has been criticized in the past for its handling of sexual misconduct cases.
In 2012, a student who was raped by a former University of Portland student was suspended for two weeks for failing to disclose her assault.
In the past two years, the university has also faced criticism for its decision to allow a female student to transfer from Oregon State University to the University of Washington after she was accused of sexually assaulting her.
In that case, the school released a statement saying the student’s decision to transfer was not an act of sexual harassment.
In January, the campus newspaper, The Oregonian, reported that the university had been fined more than $30,000 in 2016 over its handling and response to sexual assault complaints.
According to The Oregon Daily Emerald, the $30k fine was for a series of violations including failing to follow through with its sexual misconduct policies and failing to properly investigate sexual misconduct allegations.
More to come.