Gender-based violence is a 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 ideas 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 race/ethnicity/gender identities. The Intake Officers would take initial incident reports, arrange supportive measures, and assist with the formal report process. Extensive training on a trauma-informed approach.
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 1-2-year goals. The board would assist with prevention education, bystander intervention training, and suggestions and partnerships for improvements for programming.
Reconvene the coordinated community response team (CCRT)
to work on community messages, website presence, FAQs, videos, a guided process for reporting. Sexual Violence Response Coordinator to chair the committee.
Rewrite the women’s center mission statement to be more 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 is mandatory for all first-year students and will be open to all students that includes proactive steps to intervene and help prevent sexual violence.
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
by a nationally recognized expert; Implement recommendations as appropriate.
Conduct additional and specialized training.
- Police officer training on a trauma-informed approach.
- Additional training and education for Athletes.
- Increase awareness and prevention education of sexual violence.
- Trauma-informed training.
Continue to implement changes based on the comprehensive review of policies and processes.
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