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Title IX campus updates

Feb. 13, 2018

Dear campus community,

This email is to provide both an update and express gratitude. Many people have mobilized to begin moving forward on the many charges and initiatives that have been discussed over the past couple of weeks. While much work has begun, there is still more on the horizon. Thank you to everyone for your efforts.

Task force

The task force charge is available on the Augustana website. Dr. Jennifer Popple has been named as the faculty chair of the task force. Names of appointees have been added.

The task force will have its first meeting during week 1 of spring term. At that time, the process of selecting an expert firm to review our policies and implementation will begin. The advisory panel to the task force is still being assembled and seeks to have a broad range of representation from various on-campus groups.

Clery Act

The college’s general counsel has been asked to review our policies and procedures related to the Clery Act, and to identify how we might meet communication expectations of the community while remaining compliant with legal requirements.

Sexual Health and Violence Prevention Coordinator

A new interim position has been created - Sexual Health and Violence Prevention Coordinator. A permanent position will be created after the president receives the task force’s report.

Student Advocacy Group

The response from staff, faculty and students to move this forward has been tremendous. Thank you to Laura Ford, Jessica Schultz, SafePath and +IMPACT for leading these conversations. It has been determined that +IMPACT along with faculty advisor Dr. Lena Hann will work to establish a student advocacy group. Dr. Hann is also seeking another faculty member to help with the group. Please email her if you’re interested.

Please continue to check for more updates as they become available.

Dr. Gail L. Summer
Provost and Dean of the College
Augustana College
639 38th St.
Rock Island, Ill., 61201