APRIL 28, 2021 — Editor’s note: The following message was sent via email today from President Taylor Eighmy to all faculty, staff and students:
I believe fully in the notion that universities have a responsibility to be accountable and as transparent as possible – especially when it comes to our efforts around preventing sexual assault and misconduct.
Building on the update sent by Dean LT Robinson last semester, I am writing to share our latest efforts to promote a zero-tolerance environment for sexual violence.
Preventing Sexual Assault and Misconduct Initiative
In 2019, UTSA joined the Culture of Respect Collective, a cohort of 37 institutions of higher education dedicated to ending campus sexual violence. UTSA is currently completing its closing assessment process, which will allow us to improve campus-wide education, survivor support and policies.
Furthermore, a faculty and staff Survivors Alliance was established to educate the community about sexual violence and provide continuing support for survivors. As always, confidential support and advocacy is available by contacting the UTSA PEACE Center at email@example.com or (210) 458-4077.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Every April, UTSA mounts a Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign, and we hosted many events this month centered around the theme of Creating Safe Online Spaces. There are a few opportunities to get involved before the end of April. Today, you can participate in Denim Day. Tomorrow, Veteran and Military Affairs will host Women Warrior Empowerment, a virtual event focused on sexual trauma within the military community.
2019-2020 Annual Report: Equal Opportunity Services/Title IX Office
We have released our second annual report covering the 2019-2020 fiscal year as part of our ongoing effort to provide comprehensive data from investigations handled by the UTSA Equal Opportunity Services/Title IX Office. In addition to serving as a communication and awareness-raising tool, this report helps us to better quantify trends and determine where additional focus is needed.
I’d like to share a few takeaways from the report:
Clery Act Audit
As you may recall from my message last November, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated an audit in 2019 to review UTSA’s campus crime reporting during the 2015-2017 calendar years. The results of the audit were released last fall, and we responded with information regarding how UTSA was addressing the issues identified by the OIG and contesting findings where warranted. We expect to learn about any fines assessed to UTSA this summer.
Creating a Model Clery Compliance Program
To build upon the changes to our Clery compliance program I initiated in 2017, UTSA hired Margolis Healy and Associates LLC, a national consulting practice with vast Clery Act expertise. Last fall, Margolis Healy performed an assessment of past and current campus security functions. UTSA has partnered with Margolis Healy to implement their recommendations.
While the full assessment will be available this summer, almost all of Margolis Healy’s recommendations have been implemented to date. A few notable improvements to campus security include additional training, enhancements to university policies and procedures and the creation of a timely warnings and emergency notifications matrix.
We have made significant progress as we continue to raise awareness, improve transparency and implement critical prevention and remediation measures. While this progress is important, we have more to do and must continually strive to be a national model for preventing sexual violence. This community deserves nothing less.
Now that some employees are back in the office, others may still be telecommuting. Meetings may be a combination of virtual and face-to-face. This situation can cause challenges within the work environment. Through presentation, scenarios and discussion participants will learn easy strategies to address incivility in their area.Virtual Event
October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month and PEACE Center is asking you to pledge to not use your hands for hitting by putting a handprint on our canvas! All supplies will be provided!McKinney Humanities Building Portico, Main Campus
Dr. Phillip W. Schnarrs is the founder of the UTSA Pride Faculty Staff Association. He is an Associate Professor of Population Health at The University of Texas Dell Medical School and was a 2017 to 2020 Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Retama Auditorium, Student Union, 2.02.02, Main Campus
Work/home life has its stressors, but living in a multigenerational house can move the goal posts. Their discussion looks at how living with parents who may have health issues, your child and their children can create stress both at home and at work.Virtual Event
Dr. Yoojin Muhn and David Waterland conduct this concert. More details to come. The Fall 2021 concert schedule is subject to change. Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates.This concert will be live-streamed via the UTSA Music Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/UTSAMusicUTSA Recital Hall, Main Campus
This town hall will include remarks from campus leadership and a presentation of the Campus Climate survey results by Rich Boyer, founding partner of ModernThink, LLC. There will be time for faculty and staff to ask questions and learn more about how the survey data can inform strategies to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment for working, teaching and research at UTSA.Virtual Event
Thematic voice recitals featuring student performances from the Recital Hall stage and live-streamed via our Facebook page.Recital Hall, 1 UTSA Circle, Main Campus
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