Sexual Misconduct Committee

President Theobald announced the creation of the Presidential Committee on Campus Sexual Misconduct on October 3rd, 2014. It’s made up of faculty, staff and students.

The student’s Temple Update talked to like the idea. Temple Junior, Tyree James, said“It’s a step in the right direction for Temple administration leadership as well as student leadership.”

Senior Mike Rohm thinks the new committee is a great for perspective students.

“I think it’s a huge thing for parents of perspective students to you know feel that their kids are safe here.”

Freshman Johnna Booth, stressed the importance of knowing what to do if you’re in a situation dealing with sexual misconduct. She said that “it’s extremely important, especially with what happens with people wh are not aware of the yes and the no”.

The statement released by President Theobald said that the committee would be responsible for surveying the students, reviewing current policies and practices, and assessing the best practices from other institutions.

Laura Siminoff, the Dean of the College of Health Profession and Social Work will be the Chair of the committee and she stated “We want a safe campus and we want to make sure out students really understand what sexual misconduct is and that if they are violated that Temple has both procedural and supportive services in place so that anyone can feel safe coming forward.”

Blair Alston, who is a TSG representative and student on the committee, helps review current policies. He’s on the subcommittee “that focuses on policies and procedures, so what we do is we go over documents and resources on campus and dissect them to see how accurate they are.”

Brittney Lewis is another student on the committee and she hopes to tackle the issue as soon as possible. “It’s really important that we’re tackling this now fast and extended”.

According to Temple’s HEART Office, one in four women and one in five men are affected by sexual misconduct. The committee will report its findings to the president in early 2015 and he will report to the Board of Trustees and the Temple Community.

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