Student Demands for Policy Reform

  • A reformed sexual misconduct policy for St. Olaf; this may include but is not limited to:
    • a precisely stated requirement for affirmative verbal consent
    • a committee approach to determining outcomes of sexual misconduct cases including regularly trained faculty and staff
    • a clear statement of what outside assistance is permissible for each of the parties involved in a sexual misconduct case
    • the ability to anonymously report sexual misconduct
    • a disciplinary process which imposes appropriately severe sanctions on students found responsible for gender violence, and ensures that survivors are not forced to remain on campus with their assailants
  • A Title IX coordinator without a conflict of interest such as being the director of mission and who has experience with sexual assault from a non-administrative perspective.
  • Data regarding crime statistics reported publically available and easily accessible linked to the sexual misconduct page on the college website
  • Immediate screening of Title IX team members for rape myth acceptance and implicit identity bias. Use the results of this screening to confirm personnel should be apart of the team, if individuals need remedial training, or if personnel should be “let go” from the team.  Use this screening process as part of the selection process for future team members.
  • Better support for victims, including but not limited to:
    • mental health professionals incorporated into the process as a resource for both victims’ mental health and adjudicators’ questions about the nature of trauma
    • a redesigned website that offers victims a clear, easy-to-read policy and a list of resources instead of obfuscating legal jargon
    • regular updates about the progress in a case to keep the victim in the loop
    • A source of anonymous reporting used to attempt to gather more accurate statistics of the prevalence of sexual assault on campus