What's been done?
The entire campus community is working toward a safer living and learning environment. Below are steps Oxy has taken in examining its policies, practices and campus climate.
July 2010 - Director of Residential Education and Housing Services Chad Myers, Director of Student Advocacy and Accountability Emily Harris and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement Ella Turenne attend NCHERM’s National Institute on Responding to Campus Sexual Assault at Stanford University, designed to provide comprehensive training for college and university administrators, hearing boards, conduct administrators, appeals officers, sexual harassment grievance officers and legal counsel.
April 2011 - Existing policies undergo a full review after the “Dear colleague letter” on Title IX was issued by the U.S. Department of Education.
August 2011 - One administrator and one faculty member attend a Title IX coordination training session in St. Louis.
Summer 2011 - The Title IX Coordinator role is assigned to Student Affairs, with new structure of three Deputy Title IX Coordinators representing faculty, Human Resources, and Athletics.
Fall 2011 - A new Sexual Misconduct Policy is created based on the National Council for Higher Education Risk Management’s template reflecting national best practices. This policy addresses all issues of sexual misconduct and does not focus solely on sexual assault, as did the previous policy. The processing of complaints moved to a team investigation model to improve the collection of information form the complainant, respondent, and witnesses. All who participate in the adjudication of complaints must now be trained. The new policy and updated adjudication process goes live in November 2011.
October 6, 2011 - President Jonathan Veitch, Dean Barbara Avery, and Sr. Associate Dean of Students Erica O’Neal Howard meet with faculty members Lisa Wade and Caroline Heldman, who shared their research on hook-up culture and state the importance of addressing sexual misconduct.
October 7, 2011 - Six administrators and staff member attend a grievance process training session.
November 4, 2011 - 35 faculty, staff, and administrators attend a Title IX training session.
December 6, 2011 - Assistant Dean for Community Engagement Ella Turenne and Assistant Dean of Students Tamara Rice called a Sexual Assault Education Committee meeting that included Caroline Heldman and several students.
December 14, 2011 - Fifteen administrators and staff members attend a grievance process training session.
January 2012 - Student Affairs began requiring that all students read and state they understand the Alcohol and Other Drug and Sexual Misconduct policies at the beginning of each semester in order to clear their course registration.
January 10, 2012 - Four administrators and staff members attend a Title IX coordinator training session.
January 23, 2012 - 23 administrators and staff attend a Title IX coordinator training session.
February 14, 2012 - Assistant Dean for Community Engagement Ella Turenne and Assistant Dean of Students Tamara Rice called a Sexual Assault Education Committee meeting.
February 15, 2012 - Six administrators and staff members attend a grievance process training session.
Spring 2012 - Students request a non-heterosexual or androgynous vignette be included in the sexual misconduct policy. A new vignette reflecting this request is included.
May 21, 2012 - All Student Affairs deans, Director of Student Advocacy and Accountability Emily Harris and Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs Dominic Alletto met with faculty members Caroline Heldman and Danielle Dirks and students Audrey Logan and Hailey Jures to review the OSAC’s recommendations for how to improve the way in which the College responds to sexual misconduct.
Summer 2012 - Appeals process language updated to allow either party involved in the adjudication process to appeal sanctions falling outside the typical parameters, in line with what most colleges do nationally.
Fall 2012 - Student Affairs administrators visited local rape treatment centers to learn about their services and how to best advise students on their options.
Fall 2012 - New students are required to complete an online sexual assault education module along with an online alcohol education module in order to enroll and clear. A new stand-alone website to provide resources to survivors of sexual assault or those trying to help them goes live.
October 15, 2012 - Some 41 administrators and staff members attend a Title IX training session.
November 2012 - Dean Barbara Avery commissions Assistant Dean Tamara Rice and Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs Dominic Alletto to develop a Sexual Assault Education Strategic plan. The plan is to compile recommendations from three working groups over the last three years: the Sexual Misconduct Committee (SMC) of 2010-2011, the Sexual Misconduct Committee of 2011-2012, and the Occidental Sexual Assault Coalition (OSAC).
November 2012 - President Jonathan Veitch participates in an ASOC General Assembly Town Hall on sexual assault policy.
November 2012 - The Sexual Assault Education plan is completed and presented to the Deans. From the recommendations, initiatives were identified, as well as designating person(s) in charge of each initiative, and selecting an anticipated date of completion. Assistant Dean Tamara Rice and Assistant Director of Intercultural Dominic Alletto are tasked with following up on the completion of each initiative.
January 2013 - Dean Barbara Avery announces in a campus email that effective immediately, Oxy’s Sexual Misconduct Policy no longer allows any of the parties involved in a grievance to appeal sanctions being disproportionate to the policy violations.
February 27, 2013 - First meeting is convened of the faculty-staff-student Sexual Assault Task Force, formed to make recommendations to President Veitch and the College on the College’s sexual misconduct policies and educational practices.
March 2013 - Oxy is one of 25 colleges nationwide to be awarded with the Avon Foundation for Women Grant through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative. The $5,000 grant will fund the Project SAFE volunteer Peer Educator initiative to promote healthy dating relationships among college-age women and men.
March 21, 2013 - The Sexual Assault Task Force holds its first Town Hall meeting.
April 1, 2013 - Oxy retains Gina Maisto Smith, a nationally recognized expert in sexual misconduct, to review its policies on sexual violence and to offer guidance on improving campus programs addressing these issues.
April 3-4, 2013 – Gina Smith and colleague Leslie Gomez come to campus and meet with students, representatives of OSAC, Faculty Council, ASOC, the Sexual Assault Task Force, Title IX coordinator and deputies, and the dean of students and the president.
April 12, 2013 - The Dean of Students Office relaunches the Sexual Assault Resources & Support website as a dedicated space to provide information regarding safety, care, support and reporting options both on campus and in the community.
- 24/7 Confidential Hotline:
- Survivor Advocate Karla Aguilar:
- Title IX Coordinator Ruth Jones:
- Campus Safety Emergency Line:
- Dean of Students Office: (323) 259-2661