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CLC talks sexual assault

Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Campus Life Council (CLC) met Monday afternoon to discuss sexual assault prevention.

Dr. Bill Stackman, Title IX deputy coordinator and associate vice president for student services, said the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) would refocus its efforts based on an internal review conducted last year. The group plans to work to increase education about the definition of sexual misconduct and what action should be taken after an incident, he said.

Stackman addressed the federal mandates regarding sexual assault that affect Notre Dame. The University must educate the campus about procedures and responsibilities, and respond to reported incidents within 60 days, he said.

After evaluating the records of his Title IX presentations to the Notre Dame community since 2010, Stackman said five cases involving graduate students pointed to a need for him to address this population. Because three cases involved international students, Stackman said he has spoken with International Student Services (ISSA).

CLC members questioned Stackman about elements of his presentation, including the University’s usual practices, the email reports of sexual assaults and long-term strategy. One of the council members said she wanted to know the number of guilty verdicts that arose from the 24 cases considered last academic year.

Stackman said eight of the cases did not go to investigation. Of the 16 investigated cases, he said the majority of accused persons were found guilty. Five of last year’s 24 cases involved athletes, Stackman said. The cases were reported by coaches and trainers, and he said only one of the five athletes was a male. All of the cases involved two people who knew each other.