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University of Iowa News Release

May 10, 2006

UI To Require Mandatory Training On Harassment, Violence Policies

Administrators and new students will be required to complete mandatory training regarding sexual harassment and violence policies, University of Iowa President David Skorton announced today. The mandatory training measures are part of the university's comprehensive responses to recommendations in reports by the Campus Climate Committee and a subsequent campus survey on sexual harassment conducted by the Council on the Status of Women.

"I take seriously my leadership responsibility, along with other senior administrators, to promote a safe, welcoming, inclusive and just university community," Skorton said in his written response to the two reports. "There are several indicators that continued effort is needed to improve the campus climate at the University of Iowa," Skorton said. Those indicators include:

• The fiscal year 2005 report on complaints filed with the UI Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity documents that "various forms of discrimination continue on our campus."

• The 2005 report of the UI Office of the Ombudspersons shows that cases of incivility continue among faculty, staff and students, ranging from insensitive and discourteous behavior to abuse and violence.

• Some of the responses to the debate over pink locker rooms at Kinnick Stadium "are troubling examples of discriminatory, abusive and disrespectful behavior from our campus."

Skorton thanked the members of both the Climate Committee and the Council on the Status of Women for their efforts to investigate the issues and recommend actions aimed at improving the campus climate.

"Their recommendations suggest that comprehensive solutions call for administrative leadership and training, involve campus and external constituents, and require raising awareness and improving existing policies and procedures," Skorton wrote. "I am committed to implementing such solutions and view addressing discrimination, sexual harassment and violence as fundamental to promoting diversity, inclusion and equity."

Skorton also thanked Professor Salome Raheim, who was recently appointed as Senior Associate to the President. Raheim helped formulate the response and will monitor implementation of the actions.

  • To view Skorton's response to the two reports, click here.
  • To view actions taken and actions planned in response to the recommendations of the two committees, click here.

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