Sexual assault reporting
11/5/2012: The ODE reports on UO's new draft policy for reporting sexual assaults. Story by Josephine Woolington, first in a series. The tradeoff? If you guarantee victims anonymity you will get more complete reporting, but also more false positives, and cases will be more difficult to prosecute. Woolington reports that the new policy requires mandatory reporting and all but removes anonymity. UO has never published a coherent policy on sexual assaults, despite the Title IX requirement. Our General Counsel's office has been too busy doing pro bono work for the Athletic Department on their NCAA recruiting violations, I guess. Last year the US Department of Education issued a controversial policy letter on how colleges should handle sexual assaults, weakening evidentiary standards and extending reporting deadlines. Presumably the new UO policy will include these changes. The Chronicle has an analysis here. One scathing letter on the practical consequences of the policy changes, from an administrator who deals with these issues daily, is here. Insidehighered.com has a rundown on some other opinions, pro and con, including a letter from the AAUP, here. Has the UO administration consulted with the Senate on these policy changes? No sign of it on the UO Policy Statements page.
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