Altman skips meeting with Wyden, Schill, Tracy on sex assaults

He was coaching a basketball game instead. Michael Tobin has more on the meeting in the Emerald:

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden met with University of Oregon President Michael Schill to discuss the school’s handling of sexual violence and misconduct.

The meeting was prompted by November’s exchange of letters between the university and Wyden in which the senior senator and UO alumnus expressed concern over the university’s handling of the Kavell Bigby-Williams sexual assault investigation.

Brenda Tracy, a sexual assault prevention activist, was also at the meeting.

In a statement released on AroundtheO, President Schill called Friday’s meeting “a productive dialogue,” despite what he referred to as “tough questions.” …

Update Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.: Brenda Tracy responded to The Emerald’s request for comment Sunday afternoon about the meeting. She said the meeting was “not as productive as I would have hoped.”

“They’re standing firm that they did nothing wrong. I left there feeling like this could happen again and probably will,” she said.

The Around the O report has not yet been updated:

President Michael H. Schill has released a statement on a recent meeting regarding the University of Oregon’s approach to dealing with incidents of sexual violence and misconduct.

“Friday afternoon, key members of our leadership team and I had an opportunity to meet with Sen. Ron Wyden, members of his staff, Brenda Tracy and attorney Jacqueline Swanson about the university’s approach to dealing with incidents of sexual violence and misconduct. The university is grateful for the opportunity to speak directly to the senator and discuss in detail the complexities that surround these kinds of issues.

While there were certainly some tough questions, it was a productive dialog, and I greatly appreciate the senator and Ms. Tracy’s commitment to fighting sexual assault on campus. We share that commitment and strive everyday to meet the needs of survivors and reporters.

I came to the University of Oregon immediately after a well-publicized incident involving the alleged sexual assault of one of our students. I pledged to our community that I would do everything in my power to combat sexual violence at our school. Over the past three years – with the support and hard work of the University Senate Task Force on Sexual Violence and a cadre of committed administrators, faculty and students – the University of Oregon has created innovative prevention programs and an effective Title IX enforcement mechanism that is best-in-class. 

I am proud of our achievements in this area but I am far from satisfied. Our procedures and our programs can always get better. We look forward to working with Sen. Wyden, Ms. Tracy and others to do just that.

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