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Senate Task Force meets again, Coltrane to dissolve Gottfredson’s panel?

8/11/2014 update: It’s not clear what will now happen with the secretive “External Review Panel” that Gottfredson, Mullens and Holmes selected to review how their response to the March 8-9 rape allegations went bad, and how UO should address sexual violence in the future. Perhaps Coltrane will disband this panel, and express his confidence in letting the Senate Task Force do the job. Christina Belasco has a report in the Emerald on the most recent meeting of the Senate Task Force, with some background.

8/5/2014 update: President Kyr updates UO on Senate Task Force on Sexual Violence

UO President Gottfredson still refuses to release basic documents about his office’s response to the March 8-9 rape allegations. Now he has apparently ordered his “External Presidential Review Panel” to meet in secret – and perhaps not even talk to the press. But UO Senate President Rob Kyr and the Senate Task force are taking the high road. Their next meeting is Aug 7 in Room 115 Knight Library. Open to the public, as always:

To: University of Oregon Campus Community

From: Robert Kyr, University Senate President

RE: Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support

I am writing in order to give you an update regarding the Senate’s Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support.

On May 14, 2014, the task force was formed through legislation, which directs it to “study the strengths and limitations of the university’s response to recent incidents of sexual violence, and based on those assessments, to initiate sustained, proactive changes aimed at ending sexual violence and supporting survivors of sexual violence.” The complete text of the legislation may be accessed through this link: Senate motion US13/14-52

As authorized by the legislation, I formed the task force, which elected its co-chairs—Carol Stabile and Randy Sullivan. The membership of the task force is as follows:

Elected Members of the University Senate 

David Espinoza, Officer of Administration Senator; Assistant Director, Testing Center

Jennifer Freyd, Statutory Faculty Senator; Professor (Pyschology)

Randy Sullivan, Co-Chair; Statutory Faculty Senator; Lecture Demonstrator (Chemistry)

Members of Senate Constituencies 

Ibrahim Gassama, James O. & Alfred T. Goodwin Senior Faculty Fellow; Professor (Law)

Jocelyn Hollander, Professor and Department Head (Sociology)

Andrew Lubash, Student Senator in the ASUO Senate; Undergraduate Student (Political Science); Truman Scholar

Cheyney Ryan, UO Professor Emeritus (Philosophy and Law); Senior Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford University

Nominees Recommended by UO-CESV 

Amanda Marshall, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon

Carly Smith, Graduate Teaching Fellow and Gradute Student (Psychology)

Carol Stabile, Co-Chair; Professor (Journalism and Communication & Women’s and Gender Studies


Sarah Ray Rondot, Graduate Teaching Fellow (Women’s and Gender Studies); Graduate Student (English)

Helena Schlegel, Undergraduate Student (Spanish)

Member of the University Administration 

Sandy Weintraub, Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards,

Dean of Students Office

Staff Members (Direct Services in Bias Education and Response to Sexual Violence for Students) 

Renae DeSautel, Sexual Violence Response Coordinator; Dean of Students Office

Sheryl Eyster, Associate Dean of Students (Dean of Students Office)

Ex Officio, Non-Voting Members 

Beatriz Gutierrez, ASUO President; Undergraduate Student (Ethnic Studies)

Robert Kyr, University Senate President; Philip H. Knight Professor of Music

Bruce MacAllister, UO Ombudsperson

The first two meetings of the task force were held on Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 24, 2014. As specified by the legislation, all meetings of the task force are open. All materials related to its work—including a complete membership list, agendas and minutes—may be found on its webpage, which may be accessed here: Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support

In particular, I encourage you to read the draft goals of the task force, which are posted on its webpage, here: Draft Goals

Recently, President Gottfredson and I had a fruitful discussion about coordinating the efforts of the President’s Review Panel and the Senate’s Task Force. In order to accomplish our goals, we must all work together in a cooperative and collaborative manner that will result in meaningful and sustainable action. The Senate Task Force will share its initial findings and make some preliminary recommendations for action no later than the October 22nd Senate meeting. It will also propose a structure for a Senate Standing Committee and create a list of longer-term agenda items for the committee to address.

Our Senate Task Force plans to meet again during the week of August 2nd and the notice of meeting will be posted on the Task Force webpage as soon as it is scheduled. As I mentioned above, all meetings are open and you are always welcome to attend.

On behalf of the Senate, I would like to thank each member of the task force for his or her willingness to serve and to address matters that deeply concern all of us. Thank you so much for your dedication and commitment.

All the best,

Robert Kyr

President, University Senate

Philip H. Knight Professor of Music

[email protected]

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