Loyola University Maryland is committed to providing an environment free from sex-based discrimination and harassment. We are working to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence through education, training, and policies, while also offering support and resources to students. We go beyond compliance with federal laws around gender-based violence, and we aspire to provide an environment that is rooted in our Jesuit traditions of justice and respect for others.
We have much work to do as we continue to address this issue within our community and ensure that the best processes and resources are in place for our students. Thank you to all those who are joining us in our commitment to living out our Jesuit ideals in word and action.
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Immediate Action Steps
Establish Title IX Intake Officer roles and responsibilities
Identify and train intake officers to serve a diverse community of varying race/ethnicity/gender identities. The Intake Officers would take initial incident reports, arrange supportive measures, and assist with the formal report process. They will receive extensive training on working with those experiencing trauma.
Develop a process to survey all students who interact with Title IX deputies and intake officers
Provide a process for continuous feedback and improvements as appropriate.
Establish an advisory board of students, chaired by the sexual violence prevention, education and response coordinator
Establish the charter and 1-2-year goals. The board would assist with prevention education, bystander intervention training, and suggestions and partnerships for improvements for programming.
Reconvene the coordinated community response team (CCRT)
This team will work on community messages, website presence, FAQs, videos, a guided process for reporting. Sexual Violence Prevention, Education, and Response Coordinator to chair the committee.
Rewrite the Women’s Center mission statement to be more welcoming to all gender identities
Enhance training offerings for “Mandated Reporters”
Mandated Reporters help connect students who have experienced sexual misconduct with resources and assistance, including reporting options both on and off campus
Update training for hearing panels of sexual misconduct incidents in the grievance processes through a partnership with the SUNY Student Conduct Institute (SUNY SCI)
Update training to provide in-depth live and digital training to student conduct officials, hearing officers, Title IX officials and other university personnel on due process, investigations and adjudications with those experiencing trauma, questioning and weighing of evidence, and other crucial best practices that comply with relevant case law, Title IX regulations, the Clery Act, and other federal and state laws.
Review and revise the bystander intervention training, “Step Up!”
This training is mandatory for all first-year students and will be open to all students. The training includes proactive steps to intervene and help prevent sexual violence.
Inform the community of the changes to the investigation and adjudication processes for sexual misconduct incidents as a result of the new Title IX regulations
Although the regulations have changed, Loyola will continue to apply the preponderance of evidence standard while adjudicating incidents. We will also continue to adjudicate cases of sexual misconduct that occurs off campus. We will protect the interests of all students regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other protected classes.
Mid-Term Action Steps (2020-2021)
Hire an additional full-time Title IX professional
Hire an additional Title IX professional to begin in July 2021. This position will strengthen our outreach efforts to educate and train students, faculty, staff, and administrators; will engage in conversations and evaluate the effectiveness of supportive measures and other outreach efforts; provide ongoing training for specific groups; assess the implementation of the new Title IX regulations; and, further assess our processes toward our goal of continuous improvement.
Conduct a comprehensive review of Loyola’s sexual misconduct policies and processes by a nationally recognized expert
Implement recommendations as appropriate.
Conduct additional and specialized training
- Additional police officer training in working with those experiencing trauma.
- Additional training and education for athletes, coaches and trainers.
- Increase awareness and prevention education of sexual violence.
- Additional training in working with those experiencing trauma
- Training and education on the new processes related to the new regulations
Continue to implement changes based on the comprehensive review of policies and processes