May 15, 2009
ALL STUDENTS AT UCSD
In February 2008, I established a work group on sexual assault policies (Sexual Assault Policy Work Group), charging it with reviewing and revising policy and procedures to be used when a UC San Diego student is the victim of a sexual assault. I asked that the policy both clearly describe how the university will respond to reported sexual assaults, and also educate and provide assurance to the community that cases will be handled professionally and fairly. The work group's members included representatives from Associated Students, Graduate Student Association, the Council of Deans, Psychological and Counseling Service, Campus Police, Student Legal Services and Student Policies & Judicial Affairs, and others whose roles at the University may touch on this issue.
The workgroup reviewed current policies and procedures at UC San Diego and the best practices from other universities, and it met extensively to draft a policy that could be recommended to the UC San Diego community. It has already solicited feedback from undergraduate and graduate students and from administrators in Student Affairs who handle such cases.
We would now like to invite feedback from the full UC San Diego community. The draft policy is posted on the website of the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy.
Please forward any comments regarding the draft policy to the Sexual Assault Policy Work Group at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10, 2009.