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In a campus wide email today the Interim Vice President of Student Affairs brought awareness to the student body on sexual assault:
SEXUAL ASSAULT: Any non-consensual sexual contact of which both men and women may be victims. This includes all forms of rape, attempted rape, and
any other non-consensual sexual physical contact.
In our efforts to stop sexual assaults at Cal Poly, we have developed a working framework to educate the campus community on stopping sexual assault. This effort flows out of the recently completed Presidential Task Force Report on Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault, which provides 47 recommendations of action.
We are in the process of discussing each recommendation, reviewing our current efforts and mapping out next steps. One key focus is educating the campus community on how to respond appropriately to a friend, a student, and/or community member who has been sexually assaulted. Another is providing response training to all campus members.
Safer will be the office that will work with the campus in coordinating clearer expectations in the handling of sexual assault complaints, or alleged victims, to inform them of their right to pursue disciplinary actions. Safer will also work with the campus in addressing perceived roadblocks for students in reporting a rape or other sexual assault, and will work with the campus on raising the visibility of available resources, education and training.
I encourage you to review the report as well as Recommendation Action Reports in response to the report at:
Please share your feedback with me, which will be integrated into the discussion. If you would like a more active and on-going role, please let me know that, too.
Please join me in working toward an even safer, healthier campus.
Preston C. Allen
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
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