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Chancellor's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct
In May of 2017, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler charged key leaders on the Twin Cities campus and Chancellors with developing comprehensive plans to prevent sexual misconduct. In the summer of that same year, Chancellor Black and his leadership team endorsed the "Chancellor's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct," a plan developed by UMD's Sexual Violence Response Team.
- Support the work and enhance the role of the UMD Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Dating Violence Task Force.
- Enhance the student education and engagement opportunities.
- Create a public awareness campaign.
- Develop strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of UMD's efforts to prevent sexual misconduct.
- Implement required sexual misconduct training developed by the Twin Cities campus.
In October of 2017, Chancellor Black provided an update to President Kaler, including action steps for the 2017-2018 academic year. (Note: Attachment A in the memo to Dr. Kaler refers to the overview linked above.) A report on progress toward accomplishment of the action steps will be prepared by the Sexual Violence Response Team in the fall 2018 semester. New action steps will be identified during summer 2018.
Sexual Misconduct Prevention Programming at UMD
The University of Minnesota Duluth offers a wide range of activities that help the campus community engage in sexual misconduct awareness and prevention.
- All new students are required to complete a sexual assault awareness and prevention module before coming to campus for their first semester. UMD partners with EverFi to offer the Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduate Students, Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students, and Sexual Assault Prevention for Adult Learners modules.
- All faculty and staff are required to complete an online training called "Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct." The U of M Twin Cities website about the training is found here. The UMD Sexual Violence Response Team offers follow-up sessions to the online training.
- The Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) offers programming year-round to educate the UMD community on sexual assault awareness and prevention. Activities include Take Back the Night, the Clothesline Project, and a Mock Rape Trial.
- Health Education (within UMD Health Services) sponsors UMD's bystander intervention program, called "Got Your Back! UMD." The program is "a bystander intervention initiative that encourages EVERYONE to notice harmful situations around them EVERY DAY, and to take the steps to safely and effectively intervene."
- Student Life partners with Human Resources and Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) to offer sexual misconduct awareness and prevention workshops to UMD employees. Online and in-person options are available. Contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life for more information.
- The UMD Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Dating Violence Committee meets regularly and provides feedback to the administration. Members of the Task Force include faculty, staff, students, and community representatives.
- The UMD Sexual Violence Response Team also meets regularly to discuss trends, review UMD-specific procedures, and identify training opportunities.