The Office of Title IX will host a presentation and open discussion in the basement of Fields and Schoenfeldt Hall at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Students will be able ask questions during the event to the Title IX committee, but also can online in advance.
Much of the conversation will focus on a proposed project to create a confidential advocate program, according to Title IX Coordinator for Education Matthew Rygg.
The proposed confidential advocate program is currently being considered by the Title IX committee. Student input on the proposed program voiced during Wednesday night’s discussion will be taken into account as Title IX makes further decisions about the program, Rygg said.
Wednesday’s event will begin with an overview of new Title IX projects, which includes expanding the number of UP faculty and staff who are trained as confidential resources. Speakers will also go over the definition of consent, and the differences between intoxication and incapacitation. The Title IX committee will also present about resources on campus.
The event will end with an open dialogue about student questions and a discussion about the confidential advocate program, Rygg said.
“I think the conversation on Wednesday is exploratory,” Rygg said. “At this point, we’re at the brainstorming stages.”
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