UR announces new Title IX coordinator after alleged sex assault

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The University of Richmond released the following statement after an alleged sexual assault:

The University has made significant progress on the initiatives outlined in my Oct. 7, 2016, message to the University community. The location for the Center for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response has been established at Sarah Brunet Hall in proximity to CAPS’ (Counseling and Psychological Services) offices. The Center is designed to ensure that the University support resources are holistic and coordinated. We have begun the search process for a dedicated counselor with expertise in counseling and supporting survivors of sexual violence and for the full-time education and prevention specialist. Additionally, the University is making good progress on plans to bring an independent, confidential survivor advocate to the Center.

The process for investigating and responding to reports of sexual misconduct is now independent of the Coordinate Colleges. Tracy Cassalia, Manager of Health Education and Wellness, has agreed to serve, on an interim basis, in the role of Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, while the University conducts a national search for this position. The University has engaged experienced, independent investigators to investigate reports of sexual misconduct. Tina Cade, Associate Vice President for Student Development, is now serving as the conduct officer for student conduct cases involving reports of sexual misconduct. The University has engaged an independent hearing officer to preside over hearings before the University Hearing Board. I have received a number of nominations for the President’s Advisory Committee for Sexual Violence Prevention and Response and will name the Committee before the end of the semester. The Committee’s first priority will be to evaluate the results of the external review of the University’s sexual misconduct policies and procedures.

Finally, I am also pleased to report that Connor Marsden, President of the University of Richmond Alumni Association, has informed me that the URAA plans to support the important educational work of our “Spiders for Spiders” sexual assault awareness and prevention program with $15,000 over three years. We are deeply grateful for URAA’s support and for the terrific work that our students do through Spiders for Spiders.

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