On this page, you will find summaries of the Title IX Advisory Group Report to the St. Olaf Community.
2016-2017 Title IX Advisory Group Report to the St. Olaf Community
May 22, 2017
This past academic year, the Title IX Advisory Group was formed and began to gather community feedback on the revised St. Olaf Title IX policies and procedures. Formed as a result of a recommendation from the Title IX Working Group, the Title IX Advisory Group is charged with gathering feedback and facilitating communication regarding Title IX practices, policies, education, and implementation following the substantial policy changes made in July, 2016. The Title IX Advisory Group is composed of seven St. Olaf community members, including students, faculty, and staff.
The Advisory Group began its work by developing effective mechanisms for gathering feedback. This stage included establishing a website with relevant information, such as a summary of our charge, group member bios, and feedback forms. The forms hosted on the Title IX Advisory Group website allowed participants to give confidential feedback (to the Pastor and to the SARN advocate) or non-confidential feedback (to the entire Title IX advisory group). Feedback from three individuals were received, and are summarized in this document. In addition to gathering feedback from the online forms, we hosted an event on April 26th for students to share their perceptions of Title IX practices and policies at St. Olaf. We heard from approximately 30 students at this event.
After receiving feedback via the online forms and student forum, we categorized the feedback according to its content. For the purposes of this community report, we are only able to provide a general overview of the feedback we received to avoid identifying people who provided us with feedback. A detailed report of the feedback has been given to the Title IX Team. Although it is not possible to include all of the information we gathered in a public summary due to its confidential nature, we provide this summary of the feedback here in a continued effort for transparency and communication.
The Title IX Advisory Group heard many suggestions relating to education and training in Title IX and Title IX matters. It was also clear that more guidance is needed for individuals with a responsible employee designation. For example, students receiving a work study award need training on the duties of a responsible employee. Students also expressed the desire for further training beyond the Bystander and Think About It programs from Week One. We suggest this training be iterative and continuous throughout the four years. Additionally, we heard a need for enhanced training for residence life staff, including Junior Counselors (JCs) and Resident Assistants (RAs) regarding the proper response when presented with a Title IX related report.
Our report to the Title IX Team also includes feedback about current policies, including policy implementation. We received information calling for improved communication and emphasis on confidentiality from the Deans to faculty about accommodations. We also received feedback on the definition of consent the alcohol policy that is being passed along to the Title IX Team.
Several students were pleased with the increased communication from the Title IX Team and Kari throughout the Title IX process, and wanted to see this trajectory of improved communication continue.
The work of the Title IX Advisory group is ongoing, and we will continue to actively gather feedback. You can provide feedback through our feedback forms which may be found on our website (https://wp.stolaf.edu/title-ix/feedback-forms/). You may also contact us at email@example.com and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
2016-2017 Title IX Advisory Group Members
- Emma Lind ‘17 (chair, SGA President)
- Natalia Soler ‘17 (SARN Co-chair)
- Jeremy Loebach (Professor of Psychology, Student Life Committee Faculty Representative)
- Katie Fick (Associate College Pastor)
- Jamie Cathcart (Assistant Director of Student Activities)
- Rachael Sushner (Head Women’s Soccer Coach)
- Dylan Walker ‘18 (Co-coordinator of GLOW)