Husch Blackwell Update
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Overview

The Misconduct Working Group was developed to better address Title IX and misconduct issues at UT in response to concerns expressed by students. This working group was comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff members, and university leaders.

This group worked together to examine and identify opportunities for the university to improve the review process and communications efforts around sexual misconduct1 and other related issues. It also worked to solicit feedback, examine topics around vocabulary, communication, and policy.

UT announced the hiring of external experts, Husch Blackwell, to review and assess current policies, processes and communication to campus regarding the university’s review of allegations of sexual misconduct and Title IX-related issues. You can find the initial recommendations here. The working group coordinated with the Husch Blackwell and served as a resource. 

Texas lawmakers passed Senate Bill 212 this past spring, which increases the requirements for universities to report incidents of sexual misconduct. These new reporting requirements, along with the calls for action from students, provided the university with an opportunity to take a comprehensive look at how UT handles and communicates about misconduct allegations.

Working Group Objectives

  • Be an interface between the university, students and external experts (Husch Blackwell)
  • Host a student-led forum on UT sexual misconduct policies and practices at the start of the spring term.
  • Develop a common understanding and recommend appropriate vocabulary of the spectrum of conduct that constitutes a violation of UT’s sexual misconduct policy and the potential consequences that are appropriate for that behavior.   
  • Provide guidance for how the university can create an environment where students feel safe to report inappropriate conduct, feel protected from retaliation and understand the resources available to support them.

1Includes the following UT Austin policies:  HOP 3-3031 (Prohibition of Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Misconduct, Interpersonal Violence, and Stalking) and HOP 3-3050 (Consensual Relationships)
Sexual Misconduct Investigation Process

Sexual Misconduct Investigation Process

Information regarding the steps taken when a complaint is filed.

Meeting and Event Updates

March 12, 2020

The final Misconduct Working Group meeting was held.

February 27, 2020

Misconduct Working Group meeting was held.

February 20, 2020

Misconduct Working Group meeting was held.

February 17, 2020

Misconduct Working Group meeting was held.

February 13, 2020

Misconduct Working Group meeting was held.

January 30, 2020

Misconduct Working Group meeting was held.

January 27, 2020

Open Dialogue with UT Leadership about Sexual Misconduct Policies & Practices was held at Belo Auditorium.

January 23, 2020

Misconduct Working Group meeting was held.

January 8, 2020

Misconduct Working Group meeting was held.

December 11, 2019

The first Misconduct Working Group meeting was held.

December 6, 2019

University leadership met with student government and protest organizers.

December 3, 2019

University leadership met with student government and protest organizers.

November 26, 2019

University leadership met with student government and protest organizers.

November 22, 2019

University leadership met with student government and protest organizers.

November 15, 2019

University leadership met with student government and organizers of Oct. 25 protest.

November 1, 2019

University leadership met with student government and organizers of Oct. 25 protest.

Timeline

October - November 2019

University leadership held four formal meetings with Student Government and other student leaders who have raised concerns about faculty misconduct issues and UT’s Title IX processes. They worked together to discuss the composition of the Misconduct Working Group and the topics they will examine.

December 2019

Membership, charge and objectives finalized. Husch-Blackwell commenced work. Misconduct Working Group commencing work. 

January 2020

Senate Bill 212 takes effect in Texas, increasing the requirements for universities to report incidents of sexual misconduct. Forum held for students in Belo Auditorium.

February 28, 2020

Initial recommendations were submitted to the president and executive sponsors.

March 2, 2020

Initial recommendations shared with the campus community. 

 


Misconduct Working Group Membership

Name Affiliation
Maurie McInnis Provost & Chair
Tasnim Islam undergraduate student
Simone Harry undergraduate student
Alyssa  Hiarker undergraduate student
Elizabeth (Liza) Anderson undergraduate student
Sarah Philips undergraduate student
Nikita Telang  undergraduate student
Amie Jean undergraduate student
Michelle Daniel graduate student
Julia York graduate student
Hannah Hopkins graduate student
Rebecca (Becca) Young Post Doc
Mia Carter Faculty
Shardha Jogee Faculty, UT Faculty Gender Equity Council
Grayson Hunt LGBTQ Studies
Anthony Brown Faculty Council
Charlotte  Canning Faculty Council
Sandra Catlett Staff Council
Janet Dukerich Faculty Affairs
Leonard Moore DDCE
Adriana Alicea-Rodriguez Title IX
Soncia Reagins-Lilly Student Affairs
Amanda Cochran-McCall Legal Affairs
Scott Schneider Husch Blackwell
Paige Duggins-Clay Husch Blackwell
Julie Miceli Husch Blackwell

Ex Officio 

Name Affiliation 
Carlos Martinez President's Office
Rose Martinelli Provost's Office
Carmen Shockley Faculty Affairs
Karen Chawner Human Resources
JB Bird University Communications
Joey Williams Provost's Office Communications