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CLC discusses assault

Kyle Witzigman | Monday, December 9, 2013

The Campus Life Council (CLC) met Monday afternoon at their final weekly meeting of the fall semester.

Luis Llanos, chair of the Diversity Council, updated the CLC about group’s resolution passed about a month and a half ago and passed on to administrators last Thursday.

“I have been in contact with the administration [about the resolution],” Llanos said.  “They’re going to meet up next week and then we will discuss all the points in depth. They have all been positive about it.”

The focus of the meeting turned to student government’s campaign against sexual assault on campus. Student Body President
Alex Coccia said plans are underway for a spring semester project.

“When we come back in the spring semester, student government is facilitating a student engagement campaign,” Coccia said. “The campaign title is ‘One is Too Many.'”

Student government is getting four or five people will to run and facilitate a pledge against sexual assault in each residence hall, he said. Student government will train the dorm representatives in the spring semester.

“We want to make sure the people who are doing the conversations feel comfortable talking about it,” he said. “We want them to feel knowledgeable about reporting and logistics of the dialogue. From there, we’re really going to try and adapt and evolve the campaign.”

Coccia said the campaign is open to as many people who want to be involved, with plans to weave the initiative into freshman orientation and dorm mass homilies in the future.

“Student government is facilitating [the campaign],” Coccia said. “But we want anyone that wants to be involved to be involved.”
Llanos asked what is being doing for off-campus students since sexual assault may happen there also.

Coccia said logistically, that aspect is more difficult, but still possible.

“We will focus on [University] Edge and [Irish] Row, but we’re also looking at social media pledges and getting off-campus people involved,” he said.

Annie Selak, Walsh Hall rector, said there is the potential of communication breaking down since the campaign is on a representative basis in different dorms.  

Pasquerilla East Hall rector Cindy Broderick said it will be important to make sure proper support structures are in place to maintain the campaign and also support  students who have been affected by sexual assault.

Contact Kyle Witzigman at kwitzigm@nd.edu