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Violence Against Women on Campus Ad hoc Policy Committee Meeting Minutes

The Ad hoc Policy Committee met for the first time January 21, 2004 at 9:00 a.m.
in the Student Activities Rm.

 

Present: Barb Black Pearl Hansen, Karen Walker, Lin Brummels, Jaime Paulson,
Jeff Carstens, and Michelle Meyer.

 

Unable to attend: Laura Barelman and JoAnn Bondhus.

 

Introductions were made.

 

The meeting allowed for a general and open discussion of WSCs' existing policy
on Sexual Harassment. The group discussed the need to either revise or create
a whole new policy booklet and guidelines addressing sexual assault, relationship
violence and stalking.

 

It was suggested that, for faculty, having a booklet that was familiar in format and title,
handy and with all the information in one place, would make it more easily and readily used.

 

It was also suggested that some sort of tear away handout of information could be included in the booklet to be given to students or others when necessary or possibly some sort of card with information could be provided for this purpose.

 

After some discussion the general consensus was to revise and update where necessary the existing sexual harassment policy and guidelines to include the specific issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. This would also include a revision and update of the Sexual Harassment Operating Guidelines. The goal of this committee is to have the recommended changes in place by fall '04. These changes would allow for these updates and revision to be included in pertinent documents i.e. the student handbook, and handouts and information provided at opening faculty and staff meetings next Fall. It was also suggested that this expanded booklet have a table of contents.

 

The Violence Against Women Program funded by the Department of Justice grant, has been named the SAVE Program ( Students Against Violence Everywhere). Efforts are underway by the SAVE Program to provide information on these topics through multiple mediums to students, staff, faculty and others both on and off campus. Revising these policies to be more inclusive and accurate will facilitate the delivery of WSC's procedures for responding to these issues, clarify the student code of conduct, and enhance efforts toeducate and train various groups throughout campus on these topics.

 

A rough draft of these revised documents will be created by the Save Program staff under the guidance of Lin Brummels, and then made available to the other policy committee members for their feedback. At that time another meeting will be scheduled to further evaluate the steps necessary to implement these changes

Other topics discussed:

  • JoAnn Bondhus' long and dedicated service to the position of Sexual Harassment Officer.
  • The status of the hiring process of the Human Resources Director.
  • The needed movement to support the Senates' discussion to develop a Womens' coalition or commission on campus.
  • Encouragement for everyone to be actively involved in the WSC Presidential candidates visits next Monday and Tuesday.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 a.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Michelle Meyer
SAVE Program Counselor/Grant Director
Wayne State College
Wayne, Nebraska 68787-1172
402 375-7023
mimeyer1@wsc.edu

 

 

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Ron Vick, MA, LPC
Counselor / Academic Advisor
Int'l Student Advisor

 

 

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