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In the three months since former US attorney Mary Jo White released the results of her independent investigation, the University has made significant progress on each of the report’s specific recommendations and has also chosen to broaden its response to address a more comprehensive set of issues related to diversity, respect, and inclusion. In many cases the University’s response will go well beyond the recommendations made in the White Report.
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Experts trained in a method of conflict resolution called “restorative practices” have been engaged by the University to rebuild trust in the wake of the White Report. Members of the University community who are interested in learning more are encouraged to attend a workshop, "Healing Harm and Rebuilding Community Through Restorative Practices,” on Monday, March 26, in the Wegmans Hall auditorium.
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Last fall, the Faculty Senate established a Working Group on IT and Privacy Policy and charged it with recommending changes to the University IT Email Use Policy. While the current policy includes a statement about privacy, the Working Group has taken the lead in drafting a report on this issue. The report has been shared with the University community and will soon be reviewed by the IT Policy Committee, which will draft an updated policy based on the report. In accordance with the Policy on Policy-Making, revisions to the policy will include review by the Policy Approval Committee (General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer, and the Provost). The report and any proposals will also be shared with the White Report Oversight Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Policy Approval Committee refers policies with potential for significant impact on the University to the President for approval, and the President may refer a proposed policy to the Board of Trustees for adoption.
University of Rochester Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia co-chairs Amy Lerner and Antoinette Esce // Photographed February 22, 2018 // Photo by Stephen Dow / University of Rochester
The newly formed Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia, chaired by associate professor of biomedical engineering Amy Lerner, left, and medical student Antoinette Esce ’15 has agreed to recommendations for clearer policies related to such issues as sexual harassment and intimate relationships, but is calling for further action to address what they say are more central issues of gender inequity.

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