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Presidential Taskforce meets for the first time

| Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Saint Mary’s Presidential Taskforce on Sexual Assault held its first meeting last Friday, followed by College President Carol Ann Mooney sending an email Tuesday to the College community regarding the topics discussed at Friday’s meeting.

In order to keep the community updated in a more timely manner, Mooney said she will plan to send an email summarizing each meeting.

Mooney said in Tuesday’s email that the taskforce had reviewed current procedures for reporting sexual assault, and it was noted that the Code of Student Conduct is being revised this fall to incorporate changes in the law.

Additionally, three subcommittees were established to report to the main group at each meeting of the taskforce.

The first committee, focused on education of sexual assault, will be chaired by Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations Shay Jolly. Other members include junior Michaela Gaughan, junior Julianne Olivieri and professor of history and gender and women’s studies Jamie Wagman.

The second committee will be focused on procedures at Saint Mary’s and chaired by professor of psychology Bettina Spencer. Other members include librarian Ula Gaha, junior Caylin McCallick and senior Bridget Venard.

The third committee is the support committee, chaired by Director of Campus Ministry Regina Wilson. Other members include sophomore Lydia Lorenc and senior Bri O’Brien.

College counsel Rich Nugent will act as a general resource for committees, according to Mooney’s email.

The next meeting will be after fall break, but the date is to be determined.

Full meeting minutes will be available in the College’s portal after they have been officially approved by the taskforce at its subsequent meeting, Mooney said in the email.

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