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April 8, 2018
The Students’ Association Task Force to Review Sexual Misconduct Policy has issued recommendations for changes to the Student Code of Conduct and the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. In addition, the report responds to recommendations in the report Mary Jo White report. The Students’ Association Task Force recommendations are being reviewed by President Richard Feldman, along with those on a range of important issues from the Faculty Senate and the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia. Read More
March 30, 2018
Kevin Beckford is the University of Rochester’s first senior director of staff diversity, equity, and inclusion, a newly created position. In this Q&A, Beckford shares thoughts about his new role, the opportunities and challenges ahead, and the best practices to ensure diversity and equity among the University’s employees. Read More
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March 26, 2018
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.Read More
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March 21, 2018
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.Read More
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
March 18, 2018
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.Read More
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March 3, 2018
The University Board of Trustees in mid-February approved the creation of an ad hoc White Report Oversight Committee to offer guidance on structural and cultural transformation initiatives. The committee met on March 2 and plans to meet regularly.Read More