UO to establish $15,000 fund to prevent sexual assault following recommendations from senate task force

Interim President Scott Coltrane announced on Tuesday that the University of Oregon will establish a $15,000 discretionary fund for sexual assault prevention in response to recommendations from a senate task force.

The fund will be $5,000 more than what the Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support recommended on Sept. 19.

Task force co-chairs Carol Stabile and Randy Sullivan recommended the institution of a good Samaritan policy, which prevents students who report sexual assault from being charged with drug or drinking charges. Coltrane directed the Division of Student Life to review the draft submitted by the task force.

The task force, which former UO President Michael Gottfredson put together in response to the sexual assault case against three men’s basketball players, also asked that the president’s office send a list of Title IX resources and responsibilities to all UO employees by the start of each fall term. Coltrane agreed and also directed the Division of Student Life to work to improve communications.

Coltrane sent the task force’s proposed syllabi to the provost’s office for review. The task force recommended that the proposed syllabi be implemented no later than Sept. 22, the day before Coltrane’s email was released.

The task force also asked the University of Oregon Police Department to stop tracking the IP addresses of anonymous reporters no later than Sept. 29. Coltrane said that the UOPD does not actively store or track IP addresses and will communicate further with the president’s office to address technical issues.

It is currently unclear if the president will implement the bulk of the task force’s recommendations before fall term begins on Sept. 29.

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