7 Feb 2017
A Statement of Solidarity, welcoming the diversity of our modern, pluralistic society.
7 May 2013
The College Senate recommends to the President that she or he make it a top priority to implement both short- term and long-term solutions to address the needs for study, recreation, and activity spaces on campus.
Specifically, the College Senate recommends to the President the following:
- Short-term and immediate steps should be pursued to rehabilitate and enhance the functionality of existing facilities (e.g., re-grade ball fields; install lights; replace Kuhl gym floor; install temporary dance floors; etc.).
- Space should be reallocated to and rehabilitated for recreation and activities as it becomes available following the openings of newly reconstructed spaces (e.g., the occupancy of the Doty, Erwin, Bailey, Fraser and Sturges Buildings will be reconfigured in the near future).
- Available local funds (e.g., surplus 'Reserve Funds;' Income Fund Reimbursable [IFRs]) should be used to complete smaller-scale capital improvements.
- ?The Facilities Master Plan for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation should be updated/revised. Based on the priorities identified in the Master Plan, a series of high priority proposals should be developed for capital improvements to activity and recreational spaces.
The College Senate recommends to the President that he support the consistent use of a single definition of hazing in College Policies and publications. Further, as all students are required to abide by the Student Code of Conduct, it is recommended that the definition therein be referenced and, as appropriate, the definition be supplemented with behaviorally-specific examples (e.g., including, but not limited to, "call-outs" and "drop-offs").
The College Senate recommends to the President the following regarding the analysis and use of the data from the Campus and School Hazing Climate Assessment:
- ?identify and publicize major areas of concern at Geneseo
- ?develop meaningful prevention measures in response to the identified areas of concern
- identify and publicize comparisons between Geneseo and peer institutions
- educate students, faculty, and staff about hazing, how best to prevent hazing, and response options
- establish mechanisms for on-going oversight of campus hazing and College response efforts (e.g., the newly formed Student & Campus Life Hazing Prevention Committee)
- ?ensure ongoing communication and collaboration between all relevant stakeholders – student organizations, campus officials and offices, and representatives of the local community
- ?employ empirically-validated, best-practices to guide and inform future prevention, education, data- tracking, and response efforts.
The College Senate recommends to the President that he support centralized data recording of incidents of campus hazing and periodic reporting of these results to the College.
The College Senate recommends to the President that he support the inclusion of "hazing" as a category on the University Police Department's "Silent Witness" form.
3 Apr 2012
Program Funding related to sexual assault issues
The Senate recommends to the President that he support funding for efforts which seek to (1) prevent sexual assault at Geneseo, and (2) educate faculty, staff, and students about resources and options available to those who have experienced sexual assault. The Senate SAC will seek to update with the President regarding status of this issue in fall 2012.
Transportation Funding related to sexual assault issues
The Senate recommends to the President that he support the development and funding of a service whereby medically-stable students who seek a forensic evaluation by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner following the experience of sexual assault are assisted by the College with transportation to Strong Memorial Hospital. We urge that this be implemented prior to the start of fall 2012 or sooner.
Administrative Structure and Procedures related to sexual assault issues
The Senate recommends to the President that the organization and procedures of the College sexual assault response effort be reviewed. We urge that the following be considered and implemented prior to the start of fall 2012 or sooner:
- implementation of best practices as those outlined in the "Dear Colleagues" letter issued by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (4/4/2011) for data collection, policies, procedures, and efforts towards response, education, and prevention;
- designation of a College official who "owns" the issue of response to sexual assault, coordinates College efforts, and offers periodic reports to the College community; and
- implementation of an expanded, coordinated, and systematized data collection and record-keeping protocol which records all reports of student sexual assault, and expands current recording and reporting practices beyond those based on compliance with Clery Act requirements.
Policy Governing Student Conduct
The Senate recommends to the President that he initiate review of the Student Code of Conduct, and support changes which align the Code with NYS law (Penal law 220.78) and serve to increase the likelihood that students will contact College officials to report and to seek assistance amidst emergencies and crises. We urge that proposals for changes to the Student Code of Conduct be presented to the College Council for review and approval prior to the start of fall 2012 or sooner.