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Looking to bolster standards of sexual conduct at the College, the Undergraduate Council discussed a change to its Finance Committee’s rules for funding student groups—a policy which representatives hope will help to prevent sexual assault.
Bearing signs with the slogans reading, “we all deserve to be safe” and “our voices are strong and we will be heard,” undergraduates recounted experiences of sexual violence at Harvard.
Undergraduates are planning to rally outside Massachusetts Hall on Thursday and demand additional Title IX training, call for more funding toward sexual assault counseling resources, and share personal stories about sexual violence on campus.
The Undergraduate Council voted to issue a set of recommendations to Harvard’s sexual assault prevention task force, with one calling on the task force to acknowledge the role of final clubs and other off-campus groups in the prevalence of sexual assault.
In an email to club graduate officers, undergraduate president Coby C. Buck ’16 wrote that 31 of 36 undergraduates members in good standing with the A.D. oppose any changes in the club’s membership policy.
A group of Harvard Law School professors have started a publicity campaign to challenge the depiction of the school’s sexual assault grievance process in “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary film about campus sexual assault.
Emily J. Miller, a Title IX Officer, speaks to the Undergraduate Council on Sunday evening about the role of Title IX at Harvard.
Counselors at the Bureau of Study Counsel, the College’s Office of BGLTQ Student Life, and College peer counseling groups—unless legally compelled—will not disclose undergraduate reports of sexual harassment to a University Title IX coordinator or third party without the student’s permission.
Roughly a dozen people attended an informational panel about the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Title IX, the Office of Dispute Resolution, and the Administrative Board in Tsai Auditorium on Tuesday evening.
At the 90-minute event in Tsai Auditorium, attended by about a dozen Harvard affiliates, the administrators discussed a fictional scenario and walked through different procedural possibilities through their respective offices.
In their last meeting with University President Drew G. Faust, Undergraduate Council leaders on Tuesday discussed campus social spaces and the results of the recent sexual assault survey.
Although the committee has yet to meet, its finalized membership will include professors from schools across Harvard and some students, who will represent the College, graduate schools, and professional schools, respectively.
Undergraduates are proposing an Undergraduate Council election referendum that would call on Harvard to “reclaim administrative control over final clubs,” though it is unclear whether administrators could legally take such a move.
Undergraduate student activists are arguing that a document released to clarify Harvard’s sexual harassment policies is inaccessible to students.
Graduate students who reported being sexually harassed at Harvard when surveyed last spring were more likely to identify an offender as a faculty member than their undergraduate counterparts.