A sub-committee met several times during fall quarter 2011 to review and discuss the type of data available that could be used to evaluate equality for males and females in various programs and activities at Central Washington University. Tracy Terrell provided leadership to the data review sub-committee that included Ed Day, Coleen Gelatt and Lisa Plesha.
Data collected by sex (male, female, transgender) includes:
Academic and Student Life data
The task force recommends that the office of organizational effectiveness/institutional research provide a report that contains these elements presented in a consistent format by December 31 of each year to the primary Title IX coordinator.
Recommendations from the sub-committee include:
In closing, the Title IX Task Force also recommends that the institution discuss mandatory reporting and widely distribute information about expectations. Currently, according to Mike Luvera, Director of Public Safety and Police Services, the Clery Act requires that the university identify mandatory reports, which the Act calls “Campus Security Authorities” or CSAs. CSAs are identified annually by University Police because they have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” Typically CSAs include coaches, club advisors, certain supervisors and other stuff. By Clery’s definition it does not include faculty in their normal teaching role. In 2011, University Police hand identified about 200 CSAs and delivered letters to them explaining their obligation under the law. Luvera and his staff are currently designing a presentation to further provide guidance to CSAs.
The Title IX Task Force recommends examination of institutional expectations for mandatory reporting of suspected sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct. A memo or other correspondence should be widely distributed that articulates institutional expectations clarifying the nature of instances where mandatory reporting is necessary and the process to be used for this reporting. In light of recent allegations at Penn State, it seems that it would be in the best interest of the university to give guidance on the definition of abuse (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct) and who and when reporting of these behaviors is mandatory. Staci Sleigh-Layman, Director, Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator, is responsible for working with Sherer Holter, Chief of Staff, to respond to this recommendation. A memo will be distributed no later than October 1, 2012.