UO Senate Task Force on Sex Assault seeks input before vote

To: University of Oregon Campus Community

From: Robert Kyr; President, University Senate

RE: Report of the Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support—Seeking Your Feedback (Deadline: Monday, November 3, 2014)

I am writing to strongly encourage you to read the Report of the Senate Task Force to address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support, and to offer your feedback through the survey vehicle that can be accessed through the link under #2 below.

Please participate by offering your feedback to the report in whatever ways you prefer, as follows:

1) TO READ THE REPORTThe Report of the Senate Task Force (“Twenty Students Per Week: The Final Report of the University Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Support Survivors”) may be accessed through the following link, which may also be found at the top of the Senate website homepage (senate.uoregon.edu):


2) TO OFFER WRITTEN FEEDBACK (Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3rd by 6:00 pm)—If you wish to offer feedback, please do so through the following link (also provided at the top of the Senate website homepage at senate.uoregon.edu:


Please note that there is a space for you to offer feedback for each recommendation, so please focus your efforts on specific items, rather than writing all of your comments in a single space. The deadline for submitting your feedback is 6:00 pm on Monday, November 3rd. The Senate Task Force will meet on the next day to discuss your comments and to consider revisions for its report.

3) TO OFFER FEEDBACK IN PERSON (Campus Forum, November 3rd)—

If you would like to offer feedback in person, please participate in the Campus Forum that is scheduled at 4:00-6:00 pm on Monday, November 3, 2014, in the Ford Alumni Center Ballroom (first floor). In particular, students are encouraged to attend and participate, since the Task Force would like to receive their feedback, both through the online vehicle (#2 above) and/or through the Campus Forum.

4) SENATE DISCUSSION & VOTE (Senate Meeting, November 5th)—

The November 5th Senate meeting (3:00-5:00 pm in Lawrence Hall 115) will feature an open public discussion on the Senate Task Force Report followed by a Senate vote to affirm the recommendations.

I hope that you will participate in our open public process for the consideration of the Senate Task Force Report. The issues that it addresses are of the utmost importance to all of us and to the future of our university. Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of each and every member of our community, especially our students.

In closing, I would like to thank the Senate Task Force (and especially its Co-Chairs, Carol Stabile and Randy Sullivan) for its superb work on behalf of us all. We are grateful for their expertise, commitment and dedication in addressing these crucial issues.

We look forward to working with Interim President Coltrane and his administration to implement the recommendations in a sustainable way that will be for the highest good of all concerned.

All the best,

Robert Kyr

Philip H. Knight Professor of Music

President, University Senate

10/22/2014: 3PM Today: UO Senate Task Force on sexual violence prevention recommendations

No, I’m not talking about Mike Gottfredson’s self-appointed “Presidential Sex Assault Review Panel”. That group will apparently have its final meeting Nov 21st in Portland, of all places. Presumably so they can stay in a nice boutique hotel, while avoiding any awkward questions about how much of their ~$150K report was actually written by Jane Gordon (Law).

This is the report from the all volunteer UO Senate Task Force, which has been working all summer, holding public meetings, running a survey, and trying to get info from the athletics department and greek life. Their initial recommendations will be made to the UO Senate this Wednesday, there will be a town hall later, and the discussion and voting will begin at the November 5th Senate meeting.

Subject: [UO Senate 2014/15] [Senate:] Wednesday (Oct. 22)‹Important Senate Meeting!

To: University Senate &
University Campus Community

From: Robert Kyr, Senate President

RE: Important Senate Meeting—Wednesday, Oct. 22
3:00-5:00 PM in Lawrence Hall, Room 115
+ Recommendations from Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support
+ Presidential Search: A Report from Connie Ballmer, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
+ President’s & Provost’s Presentation & Discussion on Strategic Planning & the Academic Plan

I am writing to remind you about one of the most important campus events of the 2014-2015 academic year. On Wednesday, October 22 from 3:00-5:00 pm in Lawrence Hall 115, the Senate meeting will be structured as a CAMPUS FORUM for our entire community in order to discuss three crucial topics for the future of our university:

The recommendations of the Task Force will be presented by Carol Stabile, Co-Chair of the Task Force. The campus community will be given two weeks to respond to the recommendations online in preparation for a discussion and Senate vote at our Wednesday, November 5th meeting at 3:00-5:00 PM in Lawrence Hall, Room 115.

Connie Ballmer, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, will give a report about the Presidential Search.

Interim President Scott Coltrane and Acting Provost Frances Bronet will give a presentation about university priorities and the strategic planning process, as well as the revision of the academic plan.

I hope that you will attend this important meeting, which will include time for questions and discussion. I look forward to our work together as we focus on three vital topics that are crucial for the future of our university.

All the best,
Robert Kyr
President, University Senate

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