Sexual Assault: Title IX Task Force
Kansas State University cannot fulfill its mission of education, research and service unless it provides a safe campus environment for all of its members. A fundamental component of safety is protection against sexual assault. Sexual assault is not to be tolerated on campus and must be addressed in the context of all forms of sexual harassment and misconduct. K-State must put into place the strongest possible prevention programs, supports for victims, and procedures for handling cases of sexual assault when they occur. These resources should reflect sensitivity to and awareness of the diversity of our student population. Our goal is to become a national leader in this area.
The Title IX Task Force is charged with undertaking a comprehensive review of K-State's current practices, policies, and procedures around issues of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The Title IX Task Force will also evaluate the campus climate for concerns faced by pregnant students and employees and the LGBT community.
The Task Force will examine
Sexual Assault Prevention
Are we following best practices for the prevention of sexual assault, and do we have adequate resources in place to implement best practices? The Task Force should consider the prevention of sexual assault among undergraduate and graduate students.
Student Support and Advocacy
Are the resources currently in place to provide support and advocacy for students adequate and consistent with best practices? The Task Force should consider resources made available to students who have been victims of sexual assault as well as students against whom complaints are made. In addition, the Task force will consider resources and accommodations made available to pregnant students as it relates to their educational opportunities and access at K-State.
Policies and Procedures for Sexual Misconduct
The university has established policies and procedures for receiving, investigating and resolving complaints made by students of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The Task Force shall review these policies and procedures, assess their effectiveness, and identify areas for improvement consistent with best practice and the university's goal of being a national leader in these matters.
Policies and Procedures for concerns of LGBT students and employees
The university has established policies and procedures for receiving, investigating and resolving complaints based on sexual orientation discrimination or gender identity discrimination. The Task Force shall review these policies and procedures, assess their effectiveness, and identify areas for improvement consistent with best practice and the university's goal of being a national leader in these matters.
The Task Force will actively seek broad campus-level input and feedback on how well our current policies and practices are working, and where they need to be improved.