College Updates from Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Task Force
By Katie Oglesby, Magazine Editor
On Aug. 24, President Bob Iuliano and Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students Anne Ehrlich sent a campus-wide email giving an update on the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Task Force formed in Dec. 2020. Assistant Professor of Public Policy Dr. Anne Douds chairs the task force alongside a group of faculty, staff, and students. Their findings released in June of 2021 for the past six months can be read on the website for the Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX.
The College brought in Victim Services Advocate Emily Uleau from Adams County Sexual Assault Services as a confidential resource for students. She will be in Chapel Basement 6 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX website has also been updated to give students a better understanding of the Title IX Director’s role. This position is currently held by Amanda Blaugher.
For Fall 2021, students are required to complete an online module on engageGettysburg about violence prevention. The already required violence training for members of Greek Life and student athletes has been updated this year.
The Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX will also be provide in-person training for faculty, which had previously been only online.
“These trainings will provide faculty with tools to most effectively support student survivors in the classroom, and will include clear information about students’ options regarding whether or not to report and how to access resources,” said Iuliano and Ehrlich. “The training will also help faculty better understand the Title IX process, where students can turn for access to a confidential resource, and the role of the Title IX Office.”
The It’s On Us Campaign will launch this year with an It’s On Us Week of Action from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. The Office of Student Activities and Greek Life will be bringing back the Not In Our House program about violence prevention in Greek Life.
The Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX has also expanded its resources to include materials throughout campus for those impacted by sexual violence and Sexual Misconduct Resources in the engageGettysburg app.
“We must continue to come together as a community and dedicate ourselves to this important work, as individuals and as an institution,” said Iuliano and Ehrlich.