While the UO Senate’s Task Force is holding open meetings in accordance with Oregon Public Meetings Law (see report here) Gottfredson’s self-appointed external review panel has barred the press and public. Their secret meetings continue today in Room 301 of the Ford Alumni Center.
The Review Panel is meeting on campus today and tomorrow. The panel will be establishing its organizational structure and gathering background, and this first meeting is not open to the public or media. The panelists are expected to hold a public forum and take input in a variety of ways, and will be making decisions about how to do that going forward.
So, maybe a scripted public meeting at some point. That’s the word from UO Strategic Communicator Julie Brown. No doubt “Around the O” will put out more PR fluff soon, however. Meanwhile Dave Hubin is still trying to charge $508.48 for public records. Not the way to build trust or credibility.
Camilla Mortensen has more on US Attorney and UO Alum Amanda Marshall’s decision to join the Senate Task Force, here.
7/27/2014 update: Gottfredson rejects US Attorney for Oregon, so she joins Senate Task Force
Steve Duin has the report in the Oregonian here. There’s an interesting bio piece on Ms Marshall here. Gottfredson’s decision is yet another blow to his credibility and that of his hand-picked “Administrative ERP”, which already has issues with cronyism, inexperience, and secrecy.
After being rejected by Gottfredson, Marshall agreed to serve on the faculty Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support. As you can see from their website, the Senate committee includes many knowledgeable experts and practitioners, and is holding open meetings in accordance with state law. I will have a report on their 7/24 meeting later today.
7/23/2014 update: Gottfredson thinks his research shows the best way to deal with sexual violence
Yes, that’s really what our President’s anonymous PR flacks at “Around the 0″ have him saying:
President Gottfredson says his own work in criminology and social behavior makes it clear that prevention is far and away the best place to invest much of our energy for ending sexual violence.
And VP for Student Life Robin Holmes thinks this is all “an incredible opportunity”, and that the president has encouraged everyone on campus to share information readily.
Excuse me while I laugh at the ground. By all accounts Gottfredson had no intention of ever reporting the incident to the public, and he is still battling requests from the New York Times, the Oregonian, and the Register Guard for documents showing how he responded to the allegations. Where is Gottfredson’s committee meeting? Is it open to the public? Write Gottfredson’s Chief of Staff Greg Rikhoff a $508.48 check and he might tell you. Or maybe he’ll redact it all.
While Gottfredson is trying to hide, the UO faculty Senate Task Force is going for transparency. They meet tomorrow, 3-5PM, Lewis Lounge 4th floor of the Law School, Their webpage is here, and their meetings are open.
7/17/2014: Gottfredson wants $413.87 + $94.61 for docs on secret “external review panel”
I’m not yet abandoning all hope, but Gottfredson’s “External Review Panel” is going to have to get out ahead of the transparency problem to avoid looking like they aren’t just another part of Gottfredson’s cover-up of how he handled the rape allegations. Letting Gottfredson hide information on how they were picked and what they are doing is not going to cut it.
President Gottfredson learned of the basketball rape allegations on March 9th. He then waited three months to appoint his “External Review Panel”. He had himself, Athletic Director Rob Mullens, and VP Robin Holmes pick the members. The chair is former Interim UO President Bob Berdahl, one of Gottfredson’s mentors. Not exactly an independent review. But at least it will be transparent, right? The first announcement made it seem so:
- Evaluation of current practices and protocols for the prevention of sexual misconduct and support for those who have experienced it
- Benchmarking of the UO’s practices and protocols in relation to those of our peer institutions
- Review of the athletic department’s processes for evaluating prospective student-athletes
- Review of life-skill education and support for students, including the communication of conduct expectations
- One or more campus climate surveys with a focus on the UO’s prevention, response, and education culture regarding sexual misconduct
- A follow-up review of the recent report commissioned by the Division of Student Affairs to assess the university’s sexual misconduct policies and procedures to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of those recommendations
- Further refinement of the charge will be informed by the expertise of the panelists themselves
Process and Timing
Work is to begin immediately, with care taken to collect initial input from the campus community prior to the end of the spring term.
It’s now July 17 – almost 4 and a half months since Gottfredson learned of the allegations. What’s going on with his committee? He’s named the members (below) but he wants $413.87 to show the emails explaining how he and Mullens and Holmes picked them. Not exactly trust building. How about just showing the charge, meeting agendas, that sort of thing? Let’s ask:
Subject: public records request for “external review panel” communications
Date: July 1, 2014 at 3:23:18 AM EDT
To: Lisa Thornton <email@example.com>, Gregory Rikhoff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Bob Berdahl <email@example.com [etc.]
Dear Ms Thornton and Mr. Rikhoff:
This is a public records request for any communications from the UO President’s Office to the members of the “External Review Panel” listed at http://president.uoregon.edu/content/panelists-named-review-uo-sexual-misconduct-prevention-and-response, dated from 6/6/2014 to the present, and dealing with the charge, meeting schedule, agenda, or expense reimbursement of the panel
I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest.
Two weeks later, after a reminder:
The University of Oregon has received your public records request for “any communications from the UO President’s Office to the members of the “External Review Panel”… dated from 6/6/2014 to the present, and dealing with the charge, meeting schedule, agenda, or expense reimbursement of the panel” on 07/02/2014, attached. The office has at least some documents responsive to your request. By this email, the office is providing you with an estimate to respond to your requests.
The office estimates the actual cost of responding to your request to be $94.61. Upon receipt of a check made payable to the University of Oregon for that amount, the office will proceed to locate, copy, and provide the records you have requested that are not exempt from disclosure. Your check may be sent to the attention of Office of Public Records, 6207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-6207.
You requested a waiver based on an assertion that release of these documents is in the public interest. The office has performed the three-part analysis of your request, has determined that your request does not meet the public interest test, and has exercised its discretion to deny your request for a fee waiver. Upon receipt of payment outlined above, the office will begin to prepare your requested documents.
Please note that if the cost of preparing the documents for you is less than the estimate, we will refund the difference. If the cost of preparing the records for you exceeds the estimate, however, you may be charged for the difference. Following is an outline of how costs are determined. …
Thank you for contacting us with your request.
Office of Public Records
University of Oregon
Office of the President
Javaune Adams-Gaston is the vice president for student life at The Ohio State University, where she oversees university operations including the student judicial process and student advocacy and crisis intervention. Prior to her arrival at Ohio State in 2009, she served in a variety of positions, including associate dean of academic affairs, assistant athletic director, and equity administrator at the University of Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Iowa State University.
Bob Berdahl is a higher education expert who retired as president of the Association of American Universities in 2011, He served as interim president of University of Oregon in 2012 and was the dean of the UO College of Arts and Sciences from 1981-1986. He also previously served as the chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1997-2004 and the president of the University of Texas at Austin from 1993-1997.
Mary Deits retired as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals in 2004 after serving for 18 years, including seven years as chief judge. From 1974-1986, she served as an assistant attorney general in the trial, appellate and general counsel divisions of the Oregon Attorney General’s office. Since Deits’ retirement, she has worked extensively as a mediator and arbitrator.
Laura Hinman was the 2012 president of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, where she created the Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force, now known as the University of Oregon Organization Against Sexual Assault. She is currently a Masters of Education graduate student at the University of Southern California.
David Schuman is a retired judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals, where he served from 2001-2014. Earning his Ph. D. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1984, he was the deputy attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice from 1997-2001. Schuman also was on the Oregon School of Law faculty from 1987-1996 and served associate dean for academic affairs from 1994-1996.
Theodore Spencer is the outgoing associate vice provost and executive director of the Office of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Michigan, having worked at Michigan since 1989. Prior to his arrival at the University of Michigan, he was the associate director of admissions at the United States Air Force Academy after previously serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Kevin Weiberg recently retired as the Pac-12 Conference’s deputy commissioner and chief operation officer, where he served from 2010-2014. Prior to joining the Pac-12, he was the chief executive officer of iHoops from 2007-2010, the Big Ten Network’s vice president for planning and development from 2007-2009, the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference from 1998-2007 and the deputy commissioner of the Big Ten from 1989-1998. He also worked in the athletics departments of Wichita State University and University of Maryland.
Mary Wilcox is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon and vice president and director for Capital Realty Corp., a family-owned real estate and financial investment company. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon in 1976 and her J.D. in 1980 from the University of Oregon School of Law.