Friday, April 3, 2015

UO profs: Hiring an assistant vice president to combat campus sexual assaults is not enough

Oregonian
April 2nd, 2015


Using words such as "sweeping" and "robust," the University of Oregon has announced initiatives to prevent sexual assault, with plans to hire an assistant vice president responsible for fighting such violence.
But the word "assistant" doesn't impress a professor who co-chaired a UO task force that specifically recommended in November that a position of vice president be created to handle the high-profile job.
Carol Stabile, a professor in the School of Journalism and Communication's department of women's and gender studies, co-chaired the University Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support. She and Jennifer Freyd, a UO psychology professor who also served on the task force, said Wednesday they were disappointed by the decision of Interim UO President Scott Coltrane's administration.

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