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About the Task Force

In the fall of 2014, William & Mary's president created the Task Force for Preventing Sexual Assault and Harassment and charged the task force to undertake the following responsibilities:


Conduct a campus-wide survey to assess the scope of the problem of sexual assault and sexual harassment on our campus, to understand the level of awareness of campus resources for responding to both, and to engage any related issues that can guide institutional decision-making. The survey ought to include the collection of both quantitative data (questionnaires) and qualitative data (focus groups, town hall discussions, and the like). The task force's report should include significant findings as well as related recommendations.


Assess the effectiveness of our current strategies and staffing to prevent sexual assault and harassment and to educate the campus community (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and parents) about them. Your report should include recommendations for more effective prevention and education.


Examine best practices and avenues for delivering training for faculty and staff. Your report should include recommendations for training to ensure legal compliance and to meet broader institutional goals.


Within the context of compliance obligations and the university's goals of prompt and equitable response to complaints, examine our current practices and procedures for investigating and adjudicating allegations of sexual assault and harassment. Make recommendations regarding investigation and adjudication to whatever extent you find appropriate.

Read the full charge.