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Report: Executive Summary

On September 3, 2014, William & Mary's president officially created and issued a charge to William & Mary’s Task Force on Preventing Sexual Assault and Harassment. That 21-member team of students, faculty, and staff from across the university has shown deep devotion to understanding this problem in all its complexity and to making meaningful recommendations on what W&M can and should do to strengthen and expand our efforts in all areas – campus climate, education and prevention, training for  faculty and staff, and investigation and adjudication. 

Over the last nine months, we have actively followed the national conversation around these and related issues, and in subcommittees aligned with the four elements of the task force charge, we have engaged our work in earnest. As was affirmed at the outset, we stepped boldly into a fast-flowing current that required skillful navigation in real time, even as the task force moved forward with deliberate and thorough consideration of multiple issues. William & Mary's efforts to improve, to innovate, and to be responsive to the problem of sexual assault and harassment did not wait until June 30 when the task force completed this report for the president’s review. As a result, our report spotlights both actions taken over the course of this year and our recommendations for continued forward movement. We have been and will continue to work in a dynamic environment, the momentum of which inspires us at every turn to do our best work for the students who call this place home.

Virginia M. Ambler, Vice President for Student Affairs and Task Force Chair