(July 5, 2017) -- The President's Task Force on Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus is asking the UTSA community to provide input about the university’s sexual assault awareness and prevention programs as it prepares recommendations for new and updated initiatives. The task force was established by UTSA President Ad Interim Pedro Reyes in May and charged with ensuring that sexual assault awareness and prevention initiatives are integrated into daily campus life.
The task force work’s includes evaluating current programs and recommending new initiatives in six areas: response, assessment, policy, reporting, transparency and evaluation. Input received from the campus community will be used to develop recommendations for implementation in the fall semester.
Comments and suggestions may be submitted to the task force at http://www.utsa.edu/president/programs/task-force/index.html. Input will be kept anonymous, unless the submitter requests a response.
President Reyes established the task force following the March release of Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments (CLASE) student survey. The study explored the prevalence of sexual harassment, stalking, dating and domestic violence, and unwanted sexual contact on UT System campuses and found that 20 percent of UTSA students were victims of student-perpetrated sexual harassment.
Additionally, it found that 75 percent of these incidents went unreported potentially because victims were not aware of the help available to them or felt uncertain about the support they would receive if they reported it, or chose not to say anything because the majority of incidents (approximately 90 percent) occurred off campus.
UTSA first recognized more than a decade ago that intimate and interpersonal violence was a national issue that warranted a proactive and multi-faceted approach to ensure the well-being of students. As a result, it became one of the first Texas universities to incorporate sexual assault reporting and investigations into its Title IX policies. Since that time, it has developed more than 40 unique educational initiatives and large-scale events to raise awareness of and prevent sexual misconduct and sexual assault, encourage greater reporting of incidents and teach students how alcohol and drugs can impair decision-making.
Ron Ellis conducts the student instrumental ensemble in a free concert that is open to the public.Arts Building, Recital Hall (Arts 2.03.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus