View Bill 16-17-11

Senate Bill 16-17-11

Bill ID: 16-17-11
Name: Sexual Assault Prevention at the University of Maryland
Proposed: 09/19/2016
Sponsor: University Senate & President's Office
Proposal: A Joint President/Senate Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force has been created to consider the creation of a comprehensive plan for sexual assault prevention and determine whether and how such a plan could be implemented at the University of Maryland, to comport with prevailing best practices. The University currently administers a variety of educational programs related to sexual assault and bystander intervention but does not have a coordinated comprehensive sexual assault prevention plan for the University.


Status: Completed
Completed On: 04/25/2017


Presidential Approval: 04/25/2017
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Reviewed By: Senate
Received: 04/12/2017
Decision Date: 04/19/2017
Decision: The Senate voted to approve the report as amended.
Actions: The Senate discussed the report at its April 19, 2017, meeting and voted to approve two amendments. The amendments add a member with sexual assault prevention research expertise to the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee and to further clarify the role of the Office of Planning and Evaluation in the School of Public Health. The Senate voted to approve the recommendations as amended.
Next Step: Presidential Approval
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Reviewed By: Senate Executive Committee (SEC)
Received: 03/31/2017
Decision Date: 04/07/2017
Decision Due By: 04/07/2017
Decision: The SEC voted to place the item on the April 19, 2017 Senate meeting agenda for consideration.
Actions: The SEC discussed the report and recommendations at its meeting April 7, 2017. The SEC voted to forward the report to the Senate for review.
Next Step: Senate Review
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Reviewed By: Joint President/Senate Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force
Received: 10/10/2016
Decision Date: 03/30/2017
Decision Due By: 03/31/2017
Decision: The task force voted to forward its recommendations to the SEC for consideration.
Actions: President Loh and Senate Chair Goodman charged the task force on October 10, 2016.

In fall 2016, the task force reviewed current programs and sexual assault prevention efforts in place at UMD; considered data on high-risk behaviors and the results of the 2016 sexual assault climate survey; conducted peer institution interviews; and reviewed relevant federal guidance on sexual assault prevention efforts on college campuses. The task force also held a campus-wide open forum on November 17, 2016 in the Stamp Student Union to collect initial input from campus community members. In January 2017, the task force formed subcommittees on programming and communications to further develop their recommendations. Over the course of the Spring 2017 semester, the task force met with the Graduate Student Government and various campus offices that would be affected by the recommendations. The task force voted to forward its recommendations to the SEC on March 30, 2017.
Next Step: SEC Review
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