The Role of the Expanded Sexual Misconduct Group, Made Permanent | Nebraska today


A collaboration between the University of Nebraska and Lincoln to improve education, training and policy on sexual misconduct on campus has become permanent.

Due to its positive impact on campus, Chancellor Ronnie Green expanded the role of the Campuswide Collaborative on Sexual Inconduct, elevating it and renaming it the Chancellor’s Commission for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct. It will continue to be led by Susan Swearer, Professor of Educational Psychology and Chartered Psychologist, and will work in conjunction with Student Affairs, Title IX and academic affairs.

“As a collaboration, this group has provided a critical report that has helped our university fill institutional gaps and improve our efforts related to issues of sexual misconduct,” Green said. “To help maintain this momentum and, as part of our broader commitment to better support victims and protect the campus community from incidents of sexual misconduct, we are making this group a standing committee.

“I look forward to continuing their excellent work. “

The original collaborative group was modeled on similar initiatives at other Big Ten universities (including Indiana, Rutgers, Illinois, Maryland, and Purdue). It included representation from students, faculty, staff and the community. Learn more about the collaborative.

“The work of this group has been extensive – generating a report including 35 specific recommendations – and we are fortunate to have so many faculty, staff and students committed to making our university a safe and supportive campus community.” , Swearer said. “Our immediate next step is to meet in person as a committee and prioritize recommendations for the Chancellor.

“We know we can do more and our goal is to use data-driven decision making to inform our prevention and response efforts. “

Since the publication of the collaborative’s report in December 2020, the university has successfully implemented 15 of the recommendations, is working to satisfy 17 others, and is investigating the feasibility of the remaining three. Learn more about the progress of collaborative.

Green announced the standing committee as part of a larger Sept. 1 address to the University of Nebraska Student Association. During the meeting, Green outlined seven specific steps to better support the campus community in the event of incidents of sexual misconduct. Other measures included in the address include the reallocation of Neihardt Hall as a wellness center; double the number of professionally trained advocates who work with victims / survivors; the continued expansion of the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education; and improving concerns about existing training on sexual misconduct.

“These actions are first steps based on what I have heard from students, faculty and staff,” Green said. “I am committed to doing more and maintaining an ongoing dialogue with students in the university community. “

As it continues its work, the new commission will continue to follow the best practices outlined by the “Culture of Respect:” of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. HEART Plan. ”The publication is a strategic roadmap designed to address sexual violence on college campuses.

The commission will consist of 22 members (listed below), including the chair and four ex officio positions. The commission will meet at least once a month and the terms of office are one year with the possibility of renewal.

Chancellor’s Commission for the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct

Chair – Susan Swearer, Educational Psychology

Students – Meyri Ibrahim (undergraduate), Political Science and Black Student Union; jessica strain (baccalaureate), Political science; Taylor woodpetit (graduate student), Center for Political Science and Women

Faculty – Lorna Dawes, University Libraries; David DiLillo, Psychology; Katie Edwards, Educational psychology; Kelly Herstein, Engineering and Senate Faculty; Shari Stenberg, English

Staff – Aaron Dueker, Leisure on campus; Ryan Fette, Institutional fairness and compliance; Kelli King, Student affairs; Kenji Madison, Brotherhood and sisterhood life; Alice Mitwaruciu, Psychological counseling and services; Sue Moore, Student advocacy and support; Anna Pressler, Raikes School of Computer Science and Management; Pat Tétreault, LGBTQA+ Center and Women’s Center; Jamie Vaughn, Athletics

Systematically – Laurie Bellow, Student affairs; Meagan Counley, Title IX; Marc Pearce, Institutional fairness and compliance; Mike Zeleny, Chancellor’s office


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