April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but Case Western Reserve University's Task Force on Sexual Conduct works to raise campus consciousness about sexual violence throughout the year.
Case Western Reserve provides more than comprehensive police and security services. Students, faculty and staff who may experience inappropriate sexual conduct can expect support, including counseling, medical services and other assistance, from the university throughout the process. In the aftermath of a sexual assault, the university also accommodates requests for alternative living, working and academic arrangements as available and appropriate.
In addition, the university and its Task Force on Sexual Conduct support several educational programs that address sexual assault:
The Task Force on Sexual Conduct itself has led initiatives that include informational bathroom stall posters, respect cell phone charms, brochures on sexual harassment and consensual relationships, communications to parents of new students and a sexual conduct Web site.
The group, a coalition of university departments and organizations, was formed in May 2005. It advocates for a safe campus, where ethical relationships and mutual respect—among students, faculty and staff—are expected and encouraged.
In September 2007, Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic programs, and Glenn Nicholls, vice president for student affairs, charged the task force with reviewing the university's current sexual assault policy. The new draft policy has been submitted to leadership for consideration. Details are forthcoming.
The task force meets monthly to plan events, collaborate on projects and share resources. Additional information is available online.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.