Officials to examine sexual-harassment policy

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 18, 2010 7:30 AM

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Fewer than two weeks after the UI released its proposed sexual-harassment policy, officials have targeted three sections of the document that need further consideration.

Jonathan Carlson, the senior associate to the UI president, spoke with the UI Staff Council Executive Committee on Wednesday about these concerns and asked the members for their opinions.

The new policy proposes that students would not be offered the option to use informal resolution to resolve sexual harassment. Most executive council members agreed that the option should be allowed, because its absence would possibly deter some reporting.

Another proposal in question was victim notification. The new policy proposes that a victim would be told about actions imposed on a perpetrator. Council members weighed privacy rights and victims’ rights but didn’t come to a decision.

Carlson also brought up protection and support of those who report sexual harassment on the behalf of another. The executive council was in agreement that respondents should have access to support at all times.

Some agreed that the policy was complicated and needed to be clarified.

— by Morgan Olsen

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