Results from 2016 Campus Climate Survey on Unwanted Sexual Experiences
The results from the 2016 Campus Climate Survey on Unwanted Sexual Experiences are now available to the public. This survey is the result of a collaborative effort between the Office of Title IX, the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE) and the Office of Institutional Research (IR). The data produced by the survey can be found on the IR webpage for institutional surveys.
As a result of the findings, the University will be pursuing the following recommendations:
- Continue to invest in resources that support survivors, policies that hold offenders accountable, and prevention and education that helps build DU's immunity to the infection of gender-based violence.
- Invest in significant prevention and education training that is both required and repeated throughout the year. All levels of DU's system need to be educated, including undergraduate students, graduate students, but also faculty, staff, and administration.
- Continued efforts that focus on teaching students, faculty, and staff about how to be prosocial bystanders will be critical to helping our community overcome these common difficulties and barriers. This finding further supports the recommendation above for ongoing, repeated, face-to-face, required prevention education at all levels of the University.
- Offer more consistent Title IX outreach and training for various constituencies across campus throughout the year in order to improve the visibility and understanding of policies, procedures, and resources.
- Continue to improve existing bystander intervention training initiatives for students and develop similar training opportunities for employees. Both training opportunities should address bystander response to retaliation against those seeking remedies or support for harassment, discrimination, or violence. Special attention should be given to incentivize training for fraternities, sororities, and athletics.
- Continue to strengthen education around the intersection of alcohol and consent is needed so that students understand what consent is and how and when to intervene when their friends are unable to consent. This is another finding that supports the expansion of bystander education and Title IX training.
2017 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff!
This year's kickoff to Sexual Assault Awareness Month will feature a keynote presentation with expert Anne Munch on March 30, and a luncheon panel discussion featuring Ms. Munch, expert Debora L. Osgood, and best-selling author Jon Krakauer on March 31.
Click here for registration and more details!
Going to College: What Families Need to Know About Sexual Assault and Safety on Campus
Talking about sexual assault on campus with your student can be difficult. Fortunately, you don't have to do it alone! This tip sheet from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) provides information for families to discuss regarding campus sexual assault as well as safety, consent, and healthy relationships. A list of questions to ask about how your child's college handles sexual assault is also included.
Men's Views on Gender Equality
"We talk about sexism as if it's a women's problem. It's women's problem to deal with, but it's men's problem."
Title IX update- April 2016
Each year, the University of Denver recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) during the month of April by hosting a number of awareness and education events for the DU community. The second annual SAAM Summit will be "Beyond The Single Story: Strengthening our Understanding of Gender, Sexuality, and Violence," with the goal to deepen and complicate the narratives around the intersectionality of gender, sexuality and gender-based violence. The keynote speaker for the summit is Andrea Gibson, who will perform on the evening of April 7, followed by a day of workshops on April 8. Register today and get more information about other events during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Photo by John Poe for the DU Clarion
Title IX update- March, 2016
The Department of Campus Safety and Title IX sent out a campus safety alert to inform the community that there have been seven sexual assaults reported this year. Of the seven, six of the survivors knew their attackers. Title IX Coordinator, Jean McAllister, reminds us that sexual assault is never the victim's fault. See the coverage from Channel 4 below:
Title IX update- February, 2016
On Feb. 4, the Office of the Chancellor sent out an email acknowledging the instances of sexual assault that have occurred on DU's campus. The email recognized the work that it says still needs to be done to improve the campus climate surrounding such events. Read more here.
Title IX update- February 4, 2016
The University of Denver is committed to fostering an environment of safety and respect, where sexual misconduct is never tolerated and where all members of our community have the resources and support necessary for them to thrive. We thank the dedicated students, staff and faculty members who have advocated for and continue to work to realize such an environment.
The recently reported sexual assaults, including a rape and three reports of forcible fondling, that occurred near campus are a sobering reminder of the continued need to create an equitable campus, continually improve University policies and practices related to prevention and education, and provide more accessible ways for members of our community to report instances of misconduct or violence and receive the support they need.
We want to highlight several actions we have taken with respect to our ongoing efforts in this critical area.
- In 2014, we engaged an audit of University policies, procedures and practices by Pepper Hamilton LLP, a national firm that helps universities understand and comply with federal guidelines surrounding Title IX and sexual violence. Pepper Hamilton made several initial recommendations for improvement, and we started working to implement those changes even before the audit report was complete. Because the University was in the process of making changes to address the audit report, Pepper Hamilton also prepared an addendum that outlined changes we had made since their audit was conducted last spring. We are encouraged by the assessment, which found that we are moving steadily in the right direction.
* Read the Report Addendum addressing the University's current Title IX program and outlining progress on original audit recommendations
* Read the full Audit Report describing DU's program in 2014 and making recommendations for change
- One important improvement we have made, as recommended by Pepper Hamilton, is the dedication of a new Title IX office, led by Jean McAllister. The office now has two full-time civil rights investigators, Eric Butler and Siri Slater, and we have clarified the office's leadership and strengthened its partnerships with the larger Title IX team that provides direct response to sexual (gender) violence. This team includes CAPE, the Health and Counseling Center, Campus Safety, Student Conduct and the Office of Graduate Studies; we of course reach out to other University groups and programs depending on the needs of each case.
- • Also, in response to concerns expressed by community members—especially the many dedicated students who have spoken with us directly—we have established consistent language, uniform Title IX procedures and tighter time frames in our investigation process, and we have strengthened our ability to respond to concerns of retaliation. Information on these and other updates are posted on the Title IX website. As a result, we are beginning to see victims coming forward to report incidents of sexual assault that occurred months or more in the past. This is an important indication of the growing trust in our systems.
We want DU to become a model for campus gender equity as well as prevention, advocacy and response to issues of sexual and gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence. To do so, we need everyone's help. Please join us in working daily to make DU a safe and supportive place for all to study, work and live.
If you have concerns, questions or comments, please email Jean.McAllister@du.edu.
Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor
Jean McAllister, Title IX Coordinator
Title IX update- January, 2016
Title IX update- January 4, 2016
The office of Title IX extends a warm welcome to the University's new Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, Laura Maresca.
Title IX update- Fall Quarter, 2015
In August, the Office of Title IX and Office of Equal Opportunity published new Procedures for addressing concerns of discrimination, harassment and gender-based violence. The changes were made in response to feedback from students and community partners. They include imposing time limits on each stage of the investigative process to assist with timely completion of investigations, updating relationship (domestic and dating) violence definitions and strengthening the retaliation language, to more fully address how retaliation presents on college campuses.
Throughout Fall Quarter 2015 the Office participated in Title IX training for Residential and Housing RAs and Directors, STEM Program Graduate Students, Communications Graduate Students, CAPE advocates; CAPE Peer Educators, Administrative Council and Faculty Senate, and other student, faculty and staff groups across campus.
Title IX update- Summer Quarter, 2015
The Office of Title IX became fully staffed with the hiring of Siri Slater, Investigator for the Office of Title IX and Equal Opportunity on July 7, 2015. Welcome, Siri!
Title IX update- June 1, 2015
The University welcomes Jean McAllister, Title IX Coordinator and DU Alumnus.
Title IX training- May 20, 2015
Our responsibility as faculty and staff members at the University of Denver centers on creating an environment in which our students can be fully engaged in their learning and can flourish in their time here. Such an environment is also better for us as employees as we work together to achieve our educational mission.