To the Clark University community,
We write to update you on Clark’s commitment to preventing and responding to sexual and relationship violence.
Since August, all new incoming students—both undergraduate and graduate—took an online course on sexual violence prevention. Clark undergraduate students have been busy learning and teaching each other about consent in sexual relationships. Nearly 60 volunteer facilitators led workshops in “Consenting Communities.” Originally developed by Clark students in 2014, “Consenting Communities” is an interactive, peer-led course that engaged 568 first-year students in discussion around consent during sexual and nonsexual activity. We are grateful to the commitment demonstrated by the volunteer consent facilitators and their lead organizers, Elyana Kadish ’17 and Jenny Rubin ’18, for delivering the program with integrity, purpose, and humor.
In September, the Department of Athletics and Recreation hosted a one-hour session for its 341 athletes that also focused on consent and Clark’s policies related to that. Other prevention programming for Clark athletes is also underway.
In October, another interactive program will be delivered by Clark student facilitators to the incoming first-year class. The program, “Bringing in the Bystander,” is a national prevention initiative that was originally brought to our campus by Professors Kathy Palm Reed and Denise Hines as part of a federal grant. Undergraduate students will learn about campus violence, how to stop it, and how to respond appropriately to someone who discloses that they have personal experience with sexual violence.
Last week, the Department of Education indicated its intent to revise certain rules, specifically related to Title IX. Here at Clark, we will continue to use the preponderance of evidence standard across our Title IX and other judicial processes. The Department of Education recommended that the standard of evidence applied in sexual misconduct cases should be consistent with the standard the school applies in other misconduct cases. This is our current practice.
We remain committed to exploring new forms of violence prevention while providing support for those whose lives have already been affected by violence. Preserving due process and fairness for members of the Clark University community is central to our approach to Title IX issues. This summer we revised some of our key policies as well as our web site. One of these important documents is available to you here.
For more information about any of these programs or policies, please contact Lynn Levey at email@example.com or (508) 793-7194.
Lynn Levey, Title IX Coordinator and Assistant Dean for Wellness
David P. Angel, President