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The President's Task Force on
Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures

SMU President R. Gerald Turner created the Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures on September 28, 2012, to re-examine the University’s procedures and policies related to sexual misconduct.

The Task Force reviewed benchmark practices nationwide and heard perspectives of local and national experts. The examination took into account adherence to state and federal laws, especially Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which requires colleges and universities to investigate and provide internal grievance procedures for such allegations.

The Task Force made 41 recommendations, all of which were accepted by President Turner in May 2013. The recommendations address areas including sexual misconduct reporting procedures, Title IX requirements, the student conduct process, education programs for students, enhanced training for staff and communications to parents.

Read the full Report of the President's Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures (pdf).

SMU's vice president for student affairs, Lori White, is overseeing implementation of the Task Force recommendations in coordination with campus offices including Counseling and Psychiatric Services, the Health Center, Dean of Student Life Office, Title IX Coordinator, SMU Police, the Women &LGBT Center, Chaplain's Office and Residence Life and Student Housing.

Read more about the Task Force recommendations.

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