Sexual Misconduct Prevention Working Group

Charge

The Rhodes Sexual Misconduct Working Group is charged with conducting a comprehensive review of the existing Rhodes Title IX policies, procedures and practices in order to identify strengths and areas for improvement. The SMWG should research best practices related to Title IX compliance and make recommendations to help guide and empower the Faculty/Staff Advisory Board and the Student Title IX Advisory Board as they carry out ongoing efforts to reduce the occurrence and impact of sexual misconduct on campus; to ensure that students, faculty, and staff have access to comprehensive prevention education; and to create an environment that values and promotes a culture of respect.

Sexual Misconduct Working Group Members

Administrators

 

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Sherry Turner

Title IX Coordinator

Tiffany Cox

Associate Dean of Students

Dr. Alicia Golston

Associate Dean of Students

Dr. Meredith Davis

Director, Campus Safety

Ike Sloas

Director, Counseling Center

Dr. Pam Detrie

Associate Director of Residence Life

Kimberlee Small

Head Men’s Tennis Coach, Athletics

Tyler Cempre

Director of New Student Programs & Leadership

Ira Lawson

Student Health & Wellness Coordinator

Olivia Fowler

Director, Community Standards

Christine Fox

Director, Student Accessibility Services

Melissa Butler

Faculty

 

Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Africana Studies Dr. Duane Loynes
Professor of Chemistry Dr. Darlene Loprete
Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Larryn Peterson (Summer 2019)

Associate Professor of English/ Dir., Search Program

Dr. Judith Haas

Students

 

RSG

Tony Eskridge ‘20

RSG

Catherine Owen ’20

RSG

Jacob Fontaine ‘21

Student Title IX Advisory Board

Grace Small ‘22

Student Title IX Advisory Board

Rebecca Risman ‘21

Culture of Consent

Abbey Bako ‘20

IFC Council

Richard O'Neil III ‘20

Panhellenic Council

Jackie Paiz ‘20

NPHC Rep - Fraternities

D'on Coofer ‘20

NPHC Rep - Sororities

Emma Taylor ‘20

Student Athlete Advisory Chair

Malika Rao ‘20

LGBTQ Working Group

Andie Caroline Dorn ‘20

  • Graduating seniors Taylor Ansel and Spencer Beckman will be alumni members

Current Title IX Advisory Bodies

Title IX Advisory Board

The Title IX Advisory Board is composed of Rhodes’ faculty and staff representing critical areas of the College responsible for ensuring students’ ability to learn in an environment free of inequity, harassment, discrimination or violence predicated on gender, perceived gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The Title IX

Advisory Board is charged with meeting regularly to identify the needs, issues, trends, and climate of campus around gender discrimination and sexual violence issues; inform and provide feedback on Title IX policies, initiatives, programming, and materials; review and make recommendations concerning programs and initiatives designed to prevent and address gender discrimination and sexual violence; and to serve as a resource on Title IX issues for all campus constituents. The Title IX Advisory Board will work with their student counterpart in carrying out these functions.

Student Title IX Advisory Board

The Student Title IX Advisory Board is composed of active members of Rhodes’ student community representing the various student groups on campus. The Board is charged with working directly with the student body by listening to peers, encouraging dialogue, and conveying the needs, opinions, and concerns of the student body to the administration via regular meetings with the Title IX Coordinator and the Faculty/Staff Advisory Board. The Student Board is composed of servant leaders who are charged with being a personable resource and tool for all students, and as a communication link between the administration and the groups we represent. We are committed to encouraging the college to implement and enforce policies that assure justice for victims, equity for respondents, and transparency in the Title IX process. The Student Title IX Advisory Board will work tirelessly to develop Rhodes College into an environment free of all forms of inequity, discrimination, or violence predicated on gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Sexual Misconduct Working Group Committees

Impairment & Consent

College students frequently struggle to understand what consent actually means. Many students find it hard to determine when someone is incapacitated, and, therefore, incapable of giving consent. This committee will examine the relationship between impairment and consent and offer recommendations for increasing awareness and changing behavior among students. The committee will ensure that recommendations are culturally relevant and inclusive and able to be assessed empirically.

  • Tyler Cempre (Chair)
  • Abbey Bako
  • Tony Eskridge
  •  Richard O'Neil III
  • Catherine Owen
  • Malika Rao

Title IX Formal Resolution Process Improvements

What are best practices related to Title IX procedures? What does law require? Are alternate dispute resolution and restorative justice effective approaches to resolving Title IX cases? This committee will review all aspects of the Rhodes Title IX process from beginning to end and make recommendations for improvement. The committee will also offer recommendations regarding the use of alternate dispute resolution and restorative justice at Rhodes. The committee will ensure that recommendations are culturally relevant and inclusive and able to be assessed empirically.

  • Darlene Loprete (Chair)
  • Abbey Bako
  • Melissa Butler
  • Tyler Cempre
  • D'on Coofer  
  • Meredith Davis
  • Christine Fox
  • Alicia Golston
  • Judith Haas
  • Richard O'Neil III
  • Catherine Owen    
  • Rebecca Risman
  • Kimberlee Small
  • Emma Taylor

Strategies for Prevention, Education and Awareness

This committee will identify and recommend strategies for implementing and institutionalizing a comprehensive sexual misconduct prevention program on campus. Strategies may include peer-based or other approaches to providing students with a comprehensive understanding of Title IX policy and procedures, resources available and reporting procedures. The committee will ensure that recommendations are culturally relevant and inclusive and able to be assessed empirically.

  • Ira Lawson (Chair)
  • Abbey Bako
  • Pam Detrie     
  • Jacob Fontaine
  • Olivia Fowler
  • Darlene LoPrete
  • Jackie Paiz.         
  • Ike Sloas      
  • Beatrix Weil

Engaging the Campus Community

This committee will consider strategies for engaging student organizations and other campus constituents in communicating a consistent message across various media throughout the year.

The committee will ensure that recommendations are culturally relevant and inclusive and able to be assessed empirically.

  • Becca Risman (Chair)
  • Abbey Bako
  • Tony Eskridge
  • Olivia Fowler 
  • Richard O’Neil III
  • Jackie Paiz  
  • Ike Sloas 
  • Emma Taylor
  • Beatrix Weil

Sexual Misconduct Working Group Proposed Timeline

Timeframe

Tasks

Spring 2019

  • Draft the charge for the committee

  • Have initial meeting to review organizational structure, charge, committee responsibilities and parameters.

  • Promote Green Dot training, Sexual Assault Awareness month, and campus resources.

  • Continue to gather recommendations, feedback and questions from students.

  • Conduct a diversity and inclusion campus climate survey to provide baseline information and track success of our efforts.

Summer 2019/Fall 2019

  • Provide Title IX overview for all committee members.

  • Research best practices for preventing sexual misconduct. Consider appropriate strategies for each constituent group (e.g., student government, Greek Life, etc.)

  • Compile resource materials for committee members on issues associated with Title IX; prevention efforts, etc.

  • Conduct Green Dot bystander training for faculty and staff.

  • Research peer-led programs on healthy relationships and sex, consent, and alcohol /drug education.

  • Research strategies for incorporating sexual misconduct prevention and healthy relationships into the FYE.

  • Consider how we ensure that our programs and resources are culturally relevant and inclusive. What programs and models have clear empirical support?

  • Develop position description and secure funding for Prevention Educator/ Student Support Services position.

Fall 2019/

Spring 2020

  • Continue to offer multiple Green Dot training for students in non-IFC councils.
  • Implement easily actionable items.

  • Develop and announce a multi-year action plan and strategies.

  • Create a peer education team using the framework for programs proposed over the summer.