A working group at the University of South Carolina is responsible for reviewing the university’s effectiveness in addressing sexual harassment and violence A report Thursday recommended increasing the frequency of education and training activities, including through mandatory annual training programs for faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students, and prohibiting additional specialized training programs for individuals directly responsible for federal laws related to Article 9 Sexual harassment in education.
The working group of South Carolina faculty, staff and students also made many other recommendations to improve procedures and policies in other areas, including those related to reporting, investigations, rulings and discipline, and advocacy.
In its findings, the working group found that “the current reporting system is difficult to control. The reporting process is an unfavorable and potentially traumatic experience, creating major obstacles for reporting and seeking complaints.”
“Very few reported cases have been formally investigated, and most complainants opted out,” the mission report’s summary of investigation results stated. “In addition, compared with cases against teachers, cases against faculty and staff are unlikely to lead to reasonable cause investigations. [students] And staff. “
The summary continued: “Apart from the dismissal of faculty and staff, there is no disciplinary procedure for faculty management.” “Furthermore, there are inconsistencies in documentation and disciplinary enforcement of faculty and staff. There is a lack of actions that do not violate policy but are still inappropriate. Guidelines.”
The working group also found the need to pay attention to “staffing, scope of work, reporting structure and coordination mechanism.”
“Lack of centralized information management and public reporting,” the working group concluded. “The culture of the institution and the students does not reflect a shared commitment to solve the SHV problem [sexual harassment and violence].”
In addition to the working group report, the University of South Carolina also commissioned an audit of the handling of selected previous cases, the results of which have been submitted to the university’s board of directors.
Interim President Harris Pastides wrote A letter For students and faculty and staff, both documents pointed out areas where the university could improve its processes. He said that he “formed a team to develop an action plan based on the results of these reviews.”
country, A newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina, Report The university initiated a working group after a series of lawsuits and an investigation report about the university’s failure to properly respond to allegations of sexual harassment.