Preventing Sexual Assault and Misconduct
The President’s Initiative on Preventing Sexual Assault and Misconduct provides a framework for the university’s commitment to advance a zero-tolerance environment for sexual violence and harassment, ensuring a safe place for all Roadrunners to study, work and live.
This initiative is a wide-ranging endeavor with a steering committee and task forces designated to tackle various aspects of this critical work. The task forces will evolve over time as new areas of focus are identified.
The steering committee will create additional pathways for institutional systemic and culture change by gathering input from stakeholders, monitoring progress and proposing changes to policies and procedures when course correction is needed.
View the Initiative Brief
Chair: Lt Robinson, Interim Dean of Students
The Steering Committee will foster a culture of zero-tolerance for sexual assault and misconduct at UTSA by creating pathways for institutional systemic and culture change. Representatives from Legal Affairs, University Communications, UTSA Police Department, and other relevant units will be involved as appropriate as active participants in the committee's work.
- Assess pending external review reports and makes recommendations to President for action steps
- Review and recommend policy changes as needed
- Monitor progress of task forces and report to stakeholders on progress at regular intervals
- Create additional task forces as needed
Programming & Outreach Task Force
Chair: Jessica Muniz, Director and Prevention Coordinator
The Programming and Outreach Task Force will develop and implement a robust slate of university-wide programming and outreach activities to raise awareness regarding all facets of sexual assault/misconduct prevention, as well as resources available to the campus community. Examples include:
- Operationalize UTSA’s membership in the Culture of Respect Collective
- Develop Orientation educational programming for incoming students
- Establish peer educators program
Training and Development Task Force
- Myron Anderson, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
- Lisa Campos, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Athletics Director
The Training & Development Task Force will develop an expansive set of sexual assault/misconduct training opportunities for UTSA students, faculty and staff, to include a review and assessment of current required and optional training programs offered at the university. The work of this task force will include an exploration of new training and development opportunities to equip all faculty, staff and students with the tools for prevention and bystander intervention.
Data Governance & Reporting Task Force
- Kendra Ketchum, Vice President for Information Management & Technology
- Can Saygin, Interim Senior Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives
The Data Governance & Reporting task force will work to connect all campus units currently gathering data on sexual assault and misconduct incidents at the university, putting a data governance structure into place to facilitate data use across the university. This work will enable the university to better quantify trends and progress, improve consistency and gain clarity regarding required statistical reporting.
- Create data definitions, review business processes and integrate solutions to ensure coordination among all involved units
- Oversee implementation/adoption of Maxient software to manage behavior records across the university
- Use predictive analytics to inform decision making regarding approaches with the highest potential for prevention