Earlier this month, President DeGioia announced the report and recommendations of Georgetown’s Sexual Assault and Misconduct Task Force, setting an agenda for the University’s continued work on sexual misconduct prevention, education, and response. Earlier today, the Department of Education withdrew guidance issued in 2011 and 2014 by the previous Administration regarding how colleges and universities should respond to sexual misconduct. The Department of Education also issued a Q&A document to guide schools pending the issuance of formal regulations following the rulemaking process.
In light of these developments, we reaffirm the University’s longstanding commitment to eradicating all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and sexual harassment, on our campus. We will continue to focus on education and prevention, support for survivors, and prompt and equitable processes to respond to complaints of sexual misconduct. Our current policies and processes will remain in place while we review the Q&A guidance and await the Department’s formal regulations.
We will continue to enhance our educational programming and resources for our campus and will move forward in implementing the recommendations of the Sexual Assault and Misconduct Task Force announced by President DeGioia. The University has already begun implementing a number of these recommendations, including the formation of a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Team, the development of mandatory bystander intervention training for all first-year students, and the hiring of a new full-time employee in Health Education Services to facilitate workshops and trainings, and provide confidential counseling.
We would like to thank our community for its continued engagement on this important issue. If you would like to learn more about Georgetown’s work on campus sexual assault and misconduct, please visit: https://sexualassault.georgetown.edu/.