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1 UM System Sexual Assault and Mental Health Task Force Updates and Next Steps

2 UM System Task Force President Wolfe commissioned a System Mental Heath and Sexual Assault Task Force:  Charged with conducting a comprehensive review of policies, training and procedures concerning the prevention and reporting of sexual assaults and the availability of mental health services.  Goal is to ensure each campus has the necessary resources to educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and prevention as well as an effective process for reporting such incidents, plus adequate capacity to address mental health issues among our campus community.  Each Chancellor appointed a representative to serve on the System Task Force.

3 Campus Inventory Phase 1: Each campus produced a comprehensive inventory of resources and services for sexual assault and mental health.  Campus resources available for students seeking help  How information is disseminated to students, faculty and staff and/or to parents  Who are the points of contact  What are the reporting and investigation processes

4 UMKC Task Force  Arnold Abels, Director of Counseling, Health, Testing, and Disability Services  Michael D. Bates, Director of Affirmative Action  Brenda Bethman, Director of the Women’s Center  Richard H. Bigham, Assistant Dean School of Dentistry  Michael Bongartz, Chief of Police  Jennifer DeHaemers, Associate VC Student Affairs & Enrollment Management  Eric Grospitch, Dean of Students  Carol Hintz, VC Human Resources  Michelle Kroner, Violence Prevention Manager  Scott Thompson, Student Health Administrator  Jeff Traiger, Assistant Dean of Students  Mel Tyler, VC Student Affairs & Enrollment Management (Chair)  Kristy Wegner, Strategic Marketing & Communications  Tiffany Williams, Assistant Dean of Students  Peggy Ward-Smith, Faculty Senate Chair  Carla Wilson, Athletics Director  Susan Wilson, VC Diversity & Inclusion

5 Consultant Review Phase 2: System engaged independent consultants to review resources, services, and processes for each campus as well as System policies and procedures.  The NCHERM Group, LLC: Largest specialized higher education law practice in the country; focus on services to enhance schools’ prevention and proactive risk- management strategies (http://www.ncherm.org/)http://www.ncherm.org/  After review, campuses were asked to develop recommendations in response to Consultants’ findings.

6 Consultant Recommendations  After reviewing the UM Campuses’ inventories and processes, they gave the four campuses a grade: UMKC received C- The other campuses received D-  Impressed with UMKC’s “culture of training” but acknowledged the “difficult crossroads” we now face with the loss of funding from the VAWA Grant.  Also suggested that the UM CRRs were confusing and should be revised.

7 UMKC Next Steps  UMKC developed three work groups to review the consultants’ reports and make recommendations regarding: Title IX Compliance Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) Mental Health Services (ongoing)

8 UMKC Title IX Work Team  Michael Bates, Director of Affirmative Action  Nancy Day, Faculty Ombudsman  Michael Garvin, Senior Investigator/ Deputy Title IX Coord.  Ursula Gurney, Associate Athletic Director  Carol Hintz, Vice Chancellor Human Resources  Michelle Kroner, Violence Prevention Manager  Joe Rucinski, UMKC Police  Jeff Traiger, Assistant Dean of Students  Tiffany Williams, Assistant Dean of Students

9 UMKC Title IX Work Team  Identify university staff to be trained by the UM System consultants  Consultants recommended development of campus Title IX climate surveys  UMKC Recommendations: Hire Title IX Training Coordinator Develop Title IX Training program for faculty & staff

10 UMKC VPR Work Team  Brenda Bethman, Women’s Center (Co-Chair)  Janis Ellis-Claypool, School of Nursing & Health Studies  Kathleen Kilway, College of Arts & Sciences  Michelle Kroner, Violence Prevention Manager (Co-Chair)  Katie Garey, Residential Life  Jalonn Gordon, UMKC Police  Rodney Smith, Academic Support & Mentoring  Patrick Tedesco, UMKC Police

11 UMKC VPR Work Team  Pilot mandatory student training program this Fall  Consultants’ recommendations: The largest gap UMKC has is a result of the discontinuation of the Department of Justice’s VAWA grant, which funded programming, training, and educational materials for students as well as funded the Victim Services Adjudication Advisor and Violence Prevention Coordinator. The most significant recommendation, therefore, is to identify University funding for programming, training, and staff to provide advocacy, education, and programming.

12 UMKC Mental Health Work Team  Arnie Abels, Director of Counseling, Health, Testing, and Disability Services (Co-Chair)  Keicha Burnett, Multicultural Student Affairs  Jay Byland, Swinney Recreation Center  Jalonn Gordon, UMKC Police  Sean Grube, Residential Life  Troy Lillebo, University Advancement  Trish Marken, School of Pharmacy  Joy Roberts, School of Nursing and Health Studies  Scott Thompson, Student Health and Wellness  Jeff Traiger, Assistant Dean of Students (Co-Chair)  Joe Rucinski, UMKC Police  Dale Voigt-Catlin, UMKC Counseling Services

13 UMKC Mental Health Work Team  Consultants’ report regarding our Mental Health services and resources indicates UMKC is doing very well at meeting our campus needs; however we are slightly understaffed.  UM System is engaging other consultants for mental health.  Recommendations: Renew IACS accreditation for Counseling Services Increase professional development opportunities for counsellors focusing on trauma therapy, risk assessment, and LGBT services Hire Staff Psychiatrist (currently lack psychiatric services) Additional Doctoral Psychology Intern Additional Nurse Practitioner with mental health focus

14 UM System Task Force  Initial revisions of the CRRs received approval by the Board of Curators in June  The System Task Force suggested further revisions to the CRRs in consultation with System Legal.  President Wolfe approved updated CRRs in Sept  Campuses submitted their final recommendations of needed programs, positions, and training.  System Title IX training for campuses’ Coordinators, Trainers, Investigators, and panelists.

15 Collected Rules and Regulations After careful review, several CRRs were rescinded, revised, and created.  Policy on Sexual Harassment (CRR ) (rescinded)  Title IX Policy & Procedures (CRR ) (rescinded and replaced by )  Maintaining a Positive Work and Learning Environment (CRR ) (rescinded)

16 Overview of New CRRs  Equal Employment /Educational Opportunity Policy (CRR ) (revised)  Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in Education/Employment Policy (CRR ) (new)  Student Standard of Conduct (CRR ) (revised)  Rules of Procedures in Student Conduct Matters (CRR ) (revised)  Equity Resolution Process (CRR ) (new)

17 CRRs—What’s New Equal Employment /Educational Opportunity Policy (CRR ) (revised)  UM non-discrimination statement for employees and applicants for employment  Now expanded to include students and applicants for admission

18 CRRs—What’s New Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in Education/Employment Policy (CRR ) (New; replaces CRR Title IX Policies & Procedures)  Outlines UM Title IX Compliance  New Chapter in CRRs—previously only applied to employees  Defines and Prohibits Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct  Confirms all staff are mandatory reporters (excluding those with legal confidentiality as part of their job, such as health care workers and counsellors)

19 CRRs—What’s New Student Standard of Conduct (CRR ) (revised)  Includes revised anti-discrimination policies ( and )

20 CRRs—What’s New Rules of Procedures in Student Conduct Matters (CRR ) (revised)  Clarifies investigation, hearing and sanctioning processes for all alleged violations to the Student Standard of Conduct except for alleged violations of the University’s anti-discrimination policies.  Current Student Conduct Panel remains unchanged.  Includes provision pertaining to other established university Honor Codes.

21 CRRs—What’s New Equity Resolution Process (CRR ) (new)  New process to resolve complaints of harassment, sexual misconduct and other forms of discrimination when the accused is a student or student organization.  Calls for creation of an Equity Resolution Panel to hear formal cases—members are appointed by the Chancellor or Designee and are specially trained to handle these types of cases.  Faculty/Staff/Student Grievance Processes have not changed.

22 UMKC Updates  Interim Title IX Coordinator – Dr. Jeff Traiger  Deputy Title IX Coordinators: Michael Bates Michael Garvin Ursula Gurney Ken Simpson Tiffany Williams  Student Conduct – Dr. Eric Grospitch  Violence Prevention Manager – Michelle Kroner

23 UM System Training  Title IX Coordinators  Title IX investigators: – Michael Bates – Brenda Bethman – Jennifer Friend – Katie Garey – Michael Garvin – Angie Cottrell – Eric Grospitch – Sean Grube – Michelle Kroner – Ken Simpson – Brittan Williams – Tiffany Williams  Equity Resolution Panelists: – Dan Chambers, Academic Affairs – Amy Chester, Records & Registration – Deborah Foster, Dept. of Economics – Kim Johnson, Chancellor’s Office – Doretta Kidd, Admissions – Scott Laurent, Disability Services – Troy Lillebo, University Advancement – Paul Schwartz, Cashiers & Collections – Amy Thieman, School of Dentistry – Jeff Vandel, Administrative Services  Mandatory Reporters (online program under development)

24 Campus Training & Resources  Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) Project  Educational awareness and prevention programs  Services and support for victims of sexual misconduct  On-going training for students, faculty, and staff

25 Campus Training VAWA 2013 requires new incoming students and new employees receive “primary prevention and awareness programs” that promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Comprehensive online training program—“Not Anymore”—that will meet the requirements of Title IX and the VAWA SaVE ACT.  Program primarily aimed at students, but it will be available to all members of our campus community.

26 Campus Training & Resources Additional in-person VPR trainings are available and include:  Consent/sexual assault  Dating and Domestic Violence  Healthy Relationships  Stalking  What to do if this happens to you or someone you know  Confidentiality issues  Responding to survivors  Clery CSA information  Campus and community resources  We will be developing in-person Mandatory Reporter Training and Bystander Intervention training for faculty/staff Ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for our campus community include:  Clothesline Project  Denim Day  Sexual Assault Awareness Month  Stalking Awareness Month  Take Back the Night  These Hands Don’t Hurt  White Ribbon Campaign  V-Day  Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

27 Mandatory Reporter Training  UM on-line training forthcoming  UMKC developing in-person training program  Only employees with legal confidentiality (such as counsellors or health care workers) who are acting in the capacity of their job are exempt from mandatory reporting.  Tip: when speaking with a student, be upfront that although you are required to report incidents of sexual misconduct, you will keep the conversation as private as possible.

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