Washington, D.C. -- After weeks of coordination with student activists, GUSA and the Georgetown University administration reached an agreement on policy reforms and next steps regarding sexual assault and survivor’s rights on campus. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed by both parties on September 14th, formalizes policy agreements that will serve to create a more survivor-centric campus through bolstering existing resources, increasing outreach, and enacting institutional changes.
Numerous changes and commitments were agreed upon, including:
- The development and implementation of a comprehensive ongoing educational program centered on bystander intervention that reaches all students by March 1st, 2016;
- The addition of on and off-campus sexual assault resources to the back of GOCards for incoming students in Fall 2016 and the placement of stickers with resources on the back of all on-campus bathroom stalls;
- The confirmation that interview slots for the final candidates for Title IX coordinator position will be scheduled for before September 30, 2015, and a commitment to continuously evaluate staffing levels in relation to student needs;
- The initiation of focus groups beginning in Fall 2015 to review Medical Leave of Absence policies and practices;
- The completion of a Campus Climate Survey in January 2016.
The full text of the agreement can be read here.
“This agreement brings us one step closer to creating a survivor-centric campus, where students know their resources and where Title IX obligations are fully met.” said Joe Luther (COL’16), GUSA President. “I am encouraged by the success of our meetings thus far with administrators, and am looking forward to continued dialogues and progress.”
“We are very grateful for the brave survivors and student activists who have made today’s success possible.” said Connor Rohan (COL’16), GUSA Vice President. “This agreement is an example of what can be achieved when GUSA, students, and administrators work together to address a pressing issue. With this precedent of cooperation set, I am confident that all members of the Georgetown community can come together to create a more survivor-centric campus.”