President's Review Panel releases sexual misconduct recommendations

When The Emerald spoke with Interim President Scott Coltrane in November, he said that University of Oregon would determine how to move forward against sexual assault pending analysis. Today part of that analysis, the recommendations of the President’s Review Panel, were released.

Former President Michael Gottfredson announced the formation of the President’s Review Panel in May of 2014. The panel was tasked with examining UO’s handling of sexual misconduct and drafting a report. That report was released today and is available here.

The report will be used in conjunction with the report of the Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support, and the upcoming gap analysis by the Division of Student Life to create a comprehensive plan, according to Coltrane.

The panel created its report through research and public forums with members of the UO community. There are seven members of the panel including UO’s former Interim President Bob Berdahl, current Board of Trustee member Mary Wilcox and is chaired by Mary Diets.

The panelists were all offered a $10,000 honorarium for their work.

The 65 page report assesses UO’s sexual misconduct prevention and response recommendations, makes recommendations for specific campus communities and the changing campus culture.

General Prevention and Response Recommendations include:

1. Develop and implement a comprehensive campus-wide strategic plan to
address university prevention and response efforts.

2. Demonstrate sustained and visible senior leadership commitment to
addressing this problem.

3. Create a central office or designate a senior executive with the responsibility
and sufficient authority to plan, coordinate and oversee the development and
sustained implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan.

4. Create a permanent advisory group to assist in the development of the
program structure and provide ongoing advice, guidance, and support to the
president and senior executive.

5. Dedicate sufficient resources to reflect institutional commitment and to
achieve the prevention and response goals.

6. Institute ongoing monitoring and evaluation of university programs and
their effectiveness in preventing and responding to incidents of sexual

7. Participate in well-designed and responsibly administered campus climate

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