SIUE’s director of equal opportunity, access and Title IX coordination, Jamie Ball, proposed three new changes to SIUE’s sexual harassment policy at a student government senate meeting.
Ball proposed that the description of the sexual harassment panel used in sexual assault appeals be changed so that it no longer refers to 12 members. Doing so would allow the addition of more members to the panel.
“It is just based on my very quick observation of the needs of our community,” Ball said. ”I think only having 12 panelists at the ready will not serve the needs of the community adequately.”
Another proposal that Ball made was for parties involved in sexual harassment appeals to ask questions through the panel instead of directly to each other. Directly asking the questions to one another can be difficult for those involved and this way would allow them to get the information they needed, without having to directly ask.
This proposal would also allow either party to participate in the hearing process remotely.
The most significant proposal that Ball made was to remove the second layer of appeal in which, following the use of a panel, those involved choose to take the case to Chancellor Randy Pembrook for review. Ball believes that doing so does not allow for finality for those involved and that despite training, the chancellor doesn’t have the expertise it takes to make rulings on these cases.
The President of the Faculty Senate Sorin Nastasia also spoke at the meeting, regarding the faculty senate, which also uses students within their committees. He stressed the importance of this involvement within the committees of the student senate.
“Sometimes, if there is a new policy being augmented or proposed for the faculty senate, there is the place that you can have a voice,” Nastasia said.
Michelle Krichevsky, student government’s student diversity officer, announced that for disability awareness month, the Student Diversity Council will be teaming up with New Horizons and ACCESS for a spoken word night on Oct. 11.
“As it was explained, diversity is for the inclusion of all people,” Krichevsky said. “And we kind of want to start the conversation on disabilities and how diversity can include them on that as well.”