Gender-based violence is a serious and deeply troubling issue at colleges and universities nationwide. Loyola University Maryland is committed to providing an environment free from sex-based discrimination and harassment. We are working to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence through education, training, and advocacy, while also offering support and resources to students. We go beyond compliance with federal laws around gender-based violence, and we aspire to provide an environment that is rooted in our Jesuit traditions of justice and respect for others.
We have much work to do as we continue to try to address this issue within our community and ensure that the best processes and supports are in place for our students. Thank you to all those who are joining us in our commitment to living out our Jesuit ideals in word and action.
Immediate Action Steps
Establish Title IX Report Intake Officer roles and responsibilities
Identify and train intake officers to serve a diverse community of varying racial, ethnic, and gender identities on a trauma-informed approach. Intake Officers take initial incident reports, arrange supportive measures, and assist with the formal reporting process.
Develop a process to survey all students who interact with Title IX deputies and intake officers
Provide a process for continuous feedback and improvements as appropriate.
Establish an advisory board of students, chaired by the program manager/sexual assault prevention and response coordinator
Establish the charter and first- and second-year goals. The board’s responsibilities include assisting with prevention education, bystander intervention training, and suggestions and partnerships for improvements for programming.
Reconvene the coordinated community response team (CCRT)
Loyola’s CCRT will collaborate on community messages, website presence, FAQs, videos, a guided process for reporting; a Sexual Violence Response Coordinator will chair the committee.
Reenvision the Women's Center mission statement to be more inclusive and welcoming to all gender identities
Enhance training offerings for Mandatory Reporters
Mandatory Reporters help connect students who have experienced sexual misconduct with measures for assistance, including reporting options both on and off-campus.
Update training for hearing panels of sexual misconduct incidents in the grievance processes through a partnership with the Student Conduct Institute
Review and revise the bystander intervention training, “Step Up!”
This training includes proactive steps to intervene and help prevent sexual violence. It is currently mandatory for all first-year students and will be available to all Loyola students.
Inform the community of the changes to the investigation and adjudication processes for sexual misconduct incidents as a result of the new Title IX regulations
Although the regulations have changed, be assured that Loyola will continue to apply the preponderance of evidence standard while adjudicating incidents. We believe that this standard, which is consistently used in adjudicating civil rights claims, is the only equitable standard.
Mid-Term Action Steps (2020-2021)
Hire an additional full-time Title IX professional
Hire the Title IX Coordinator to begin in July 2021.
Conduct a comprehensive review of Loyola’s sexual misconduct policies and processes
A nationally recognized expert will review the University’s current policies and processes.
Conduct additional and specialized training
- Police officer training on a trauma-informed approach
- Additional training and education for student-athletes
- Increased awareness and prevention education of sexual violence
- Trauma-informed training for other members of our Loyola community
Continue to implement changes based on the comprehensive review of policies and processes
Following the comprehensive review of Loyola’s sexual misconduct policies and processes, Loyola will implement recommendations as appropriate.
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