Stanford task force seeks campus input on sexual assault policies and practices

Two town halls have been scheduled – the first, a graduate student town hall, on Monday, Oct. 20 – and input is also welcomed via the task force website.

The campus task force reviewing Stanford's policies and practices around sexual assault is seeking input from the university community to inform its deliberations.

The Provost's Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices has scheduled the first two in a series of town hall meetings – one for graduate students and the other for undergraduates – and is offering a web-based form for providing input as well.

"Hearing the suggestions and perspectives of the campus community is critical to the work of the task force," said M. Elizabeth Magill, dean of Stanford Law School and co-chair of the task force. "We are offering both in-person and online mechanisms so that members of our campus community can provide input in the manner they find most effective."

The task force of faculty, students, staff and alumni was created by Provost John Etchemendy to review Stanford's approaches to preventing and responding to sexual assault and to make recommendations for improvements in campus policies and practices. The group began meeting this summer and is continuing this fall.

The two town hall meetings are:

  • A graduate student town hall on Monday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Havana Room of the Graduate Community Center
  • An undergraduate student town hall on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Black Community Services Center

"Each town hall will be an opportunity to provide input to the task force on two sets of issues," said ASSU President Elizabeth Woodson, who co-chairs the task force with Magill. "The first half of the meeting will focus on issues of prevention and support. The second half will focus on suggestions regarding university policies and procedures."

While the two town hall meetings are intended for student feedback, other members of the Stanford community are welcome to attend.

In addition to the in-person town hall meetings, members of the campus community are invited to provide input via an online form on the task force website. The input can be provided in an anonymous manner, if desired.

More information about Stanford's current policies and practices regarding sexual assault – as well as resources for individuals needing assistance – is available on the university's Not Alone website. Information about other efforts Stanford is undertaking to address the topic of sexual assault, pending the task force's deliberations, is available here.