President Snyder Presents University's New Sexual Assault Policy

Barbara R. SnyderTo the Case Western Reserve University community:

I write today to present our institution’s new policy regarding sexual assault.

At its best, a college campus promotes ideals of respect, tolerance and mutual support in the pursuit of knowledge. Our policies and programs seek to advance these values through education, conversation and, when necessary, consequences for those whose actions violate the rights of others.

Sexual assault represents one of society’s most devastating crimes. Sadly, national statistics show that college-aged women are four times more likely than any other group to suffer this tragedy. Case Western Reserve University actively seeks to raise awareness of the dangers of sexual assault, and to provide responsive and appropriate assistance to those who have been sexually assaulted. A critical element of this work is ensuring that our policies and procedures are clear and comprehensive.

Last fall a university task force began examining our previous policy, which had not seen significant revision since 1994. Deputy Provost Lynn Singer and Vice President for Student Affairs Glenn Nicholls charged the committee to ensure the policy (1) addressed the needs of our students, faculty and staff; (2) responded to societal expectations; and (3) complied with federal and state laws.

I want to thank the task force’s co-chairs, Associate Provost Kathryn Karipides and Associate Vice President Sue Nickel-Schindewolf, for their leadership in this process, and commend all of its members for developing a far more thorough and detailed document. At the same time, I want to recognize the contributions of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, and the efforts of the Student Sexual Misconduct Task Force. The members of the student task force long lobbied for revisions to the old policy and developed a draft policy that served as a guiding influence for the changes in the new policy. The commitment these individuals demonstrated to creating a safer and more informed campus environment is nothing short of inspiring.

I strongly encourage every member of our community to review the new policy and become familiar with its major provisions.

Barbara R. Snyder

Case Western Reserve University Dental Students Learn through Experience at Free Clinic

Free ClinicAt the sides of patients at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland—and on the front lines of combating one of the country’s major health problems, poor oral health—stand students from Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine.

A formal affiliation agreement between the dental school and The Free Clinic extends the clinical experience for third- and fourth-year students to include this community clinic.

The Free Clinic provides free health care services to those who lack appropriate alternatives and advocates for public policies to make health care accessible to all people. It is the training site for some 25 programs in medicine, mental health, social work, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry—many of these programs providing a “real life” education for Case Western Reserve’s students. Read more.

Campus News

The Software Center has entered into an agreement with Adobe, providing Case Western Reserve students the ability to purchase Adobe software for WIN and MAC platforms at discounts amounting to as much as 85 percent. Unlike software downloaded from the Software Center (which you are required to remove upon termination of your status at the university) each software license purchased by the student under this enrollment agreement is then owned by the student. To purchase, connect to JourneyEd by selecting “Adobe Software for Students” from the Software Center.

Due to changes in the licensing agreement with Adobe, at the end of the Spring 2008 semester, students will no longer be able to download and install concurrent use licenses (managed by KeyServer) of Adobe Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended and CS3 Web Standard. Students who have downloaded and installed these products from the Software Center in the past must uninstall the Adobe products first, then the KeyServer client software. These changes do not apply to Adobe Acrobat Professional software licenses.

University Hospitals invites campus community members who snore at night, feel tired throughout the day or have sleep apnea to learn more about a new clinical trial, the HomePAP study. The study will compare two different approaches to diagnosing and determining optimal treatment pressures for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who will be using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat their sleep apnea. Potential participants should meet the following basic requirements: At least age 18 and should have symptoms of OSA (snoring, choking, gasping, stopping breathing while they sleep at night) and problem sleepiness during the day. Patients who have been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea or tried CPAP in the past are not eligible to participate. For more information, contact the HomePAP Study coordinator, Rawan Salem via e-mail or by phone at (216) 844-6278, or Carol Rosen, principal investigator for the HomePAP study.

For Faculty and Staff

Today is the last day to cash the older version of petty cash vouchers. Earlier this week, the administration moved to entering and printing petty cash vouchers from the Peoplesoft system. For information, go to the Cashier's Web site.

grads.jpgThe Commencement Office is seeking dependable employees to help make Commencement 2008 a special and memorable day for graduates. Volunteer forms are due today for those who are interested in working the event (per approval from direct supervisor). For details, go online to fill out the volunteer form, or contact Lauren Dettmer at 368-2229.

For Students

books.jpgTau Beta Pi continues book collections for the "Tau Beta Pi Bookswap" in Nord Hall's atrium until 5 p.m. today; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5-8; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 3 in Thwing Center's atrium. Sellers set the price, and the group will pay cash when the book sells.

The Observer is looking to fill several undergraduate staff positions for the 2008-2009 academic year. If interested in being an illustrations editor or business assistant, send an e-mail to the newspaper's staff.


dhilfiker.jpgThe campus community is invited to a talk entitled "Physicians and the Coming Social Disruption" from 4-5 p.m., May 7 at the School of Medicine, Room E401. The speaker will be David Hilfiker, a retired physician who worked for many years in both rural and urban clinics. The founder of Joseph's House, Hilfiker currently serves as the organization's finance director and is the author of several books.

The Law-Medicine Center Symposium presents "Newborn Screening for Nontreatable Disorders," featuring several well-renowned guest speakers through 4:30 p.m. today at the Whitehall Room, Renaissance Hotel, downtown Cleveland. Free, open to the public.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

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math.jpgCase Western Reserve's Math Club recently won first place in the problem-solving competition of the Spring 2008 Meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America. Read more.

Melvyn Goldstein, John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the Center for Research on Tibet, gave a briefing on Tibet to selected members of the U.S. Congress last month under the auspices of the Aspen Institute's Congressional program.

2haddad.jpgGladys Haddad, regional historian at Case Western Reserve University, recently received the William H. & Benjamin Harrison Award from the Ohio Genealogical Society for her book, Flora Stone Mather, Daughter of Cleveland's Euclid Avenue and Ohio's Western Reserve. Read related story.

Julia Brown-Allen, coordinator of the biology department's Summer Program in Undergraduate Research, was recently appointed to the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) board. NEOCH's board oversees the fiduciary health of the organization and provides input on the policy direction of the civil rights and advocacy coalition.

May 2, 2008

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Some Lip Gloss May Promote Cancer

ABC News, May 2, 2008

A recent study draws an analogy between wearing non-SPF (sun protection factor) lip gloss in the sun and using baby oil to promote tanning. Kevin Cooper, chair of the dermatology department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, explains that any increased penetration of ultraviolet rays would be due to "enhanced optical passage" of the dangerous rays. But the increase, he qualifies, would be small.

Intelligent Design as an Academic-Freedom Issue

Chronicle of Higher Education (paid subscription required), May 2, 2008

Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University at The Volokh Conspiracy, responds to the idea of Intelligent Design teaching as an academic-freedom issue.

McCain urges reform

Akron Beacon Journal, May 2, 2008

John McCain wants to offer people a $5,000 tax credit to take control of their insurance themselves. Without a tax incentive to provide health insurance to workers, many companies might abandon the practice. J.B. Silvers, director of research at Case Western Reserve University's Health Systems Management Center, comments.

Advising the pope on death

Cleveland Magazine, March 2008

Robert Daroff is a professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to be one of a small group of speakers to discuss death at the Vatican.

Higher Ed News

A Closer Look at Minorities in Engineering, May 2, 2008

Policy makers and business leaders often point to the importance of foreign students and international education in boosting both research and the American work force. A new report argues instead that the solution lies at home, “untapped,” waiting for the nation to wake up to the “quiet crisis” of minority underrepresentation in engineering-related fields.

Gay Rights vs. Religious Rights, May 2, 2008

A federal judge has ruled that the Georgia Institute of Technology had materials in its office to support gay students that amounted to unconstitutional support for some religious groups over others. Such materials may well exist at other public colleges and may now become the focus of more scrutiny or legal battles.

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