UI President Mason unveils 'Six-Point Plan to Combat Sexual Assault'
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In her meeting with the Iowa Board of Regents in Urbandale today to discuss the University of Iowa’s sexual misconduct policies, UI President Sally Mason unveiled a “Six-Point Plan to Combat Sexual Assault.”
Following are details of the plan, which can also be found on the UI Office of the President’s website at http://president.uiowa.edu/six-point-plan, along with Mason's remarks to the board. Updates about the university’s progress toward meeting the plan’s stated goals will also be provided regularly on the site.
Six-Point Plan to Combat Sexual Assault
Point 1: Crack down on offenders
- Hold all offenders responsible for their actions.
- Develop more, and more effective, sanctions.
- Expel offenders in the most severe cases.
- Request Board of Regents support to assess system-wide policies and procedures.
Point 2: Increase support for survivors
- Expand long-term support services.
- Train every staff member who comes in contact with survivors.
- Advocate continued federal funding for nurse examiners.
Point 3: Improve prevention and education
- Add staff for in-person training, workshops, and dialogues.
- Implement regular campus safety walks to improve lighting and other conditions.
- Authorize funding to expand Night Ride.
Point 4: Improve communication
- Make resource and support information easier to find.
- Improve information on key web pages.
- Improve language of our Timely Warning emails.
Point 5: Add funding
- Seek every source of dollars to support this plan, including savings from the efficiency projects the board’s consultants will be assisting with, and other areas.
- Expand overall resources to address the problem of sexual assault.
Point 6: Listen more and report back
- Form a student advisory group to meet regularly with the president and senior staff.
- Use the president’s website to provide updates on this plan.