With a number of highly publicized sexual assaults on the Southern Methodist University campus recently, a task force was created to try and reduce the number of incidents and improve how the university responds when a sexual assault occurs.
The task force came out with 41 recommendations of changes SMU should make, and here are the top 10 you need to know about:
10: SMU should make it clear there are support services available if there is sexual misconduct.
9: Students should always be encouraged to report sexual misconduct to law enforcement, and do it quickly.
8: Students should be allowed to report sexual misconduct anonymously.
7: SMU should have counselors on staff 24 hours a day, or let people know about the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour rape crisis hotline, as incidents can occur at any time.
6: SMU employees should all have pocket sized instruction cards with info on how to help students who report sexual misconduct.
5: The SMU Student Code of Conduct should be reviewed and updated, making it more accessible and easier to read.
4: SMU’s sexual misconduct policy should forbid retaliation against someone who reports an incident.
3: SMU officials should regularly meet with local law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office and rape service providers.
2: SMU should develop a bystander intervention program similar to those at Duke and Yale, where students are taught ways to proactively help other students.
1: SMU officials should create a mandatory good citizenship program for first year students to discuss sexual misconduct among other issues.