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Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has created an Advisory Council on the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct in response to the AAU campus climate survey.

Sexual misconduct prevention panel plots course

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer January 30, 2020
When the Association of American Universities released a report last year detailing sexual misconduct on 33 university campuses, including Pitt, Yemi Olaiya said personal experiences with sexual misconduct inspired her to help survivors.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher plans to establish a yet-to-be-named group within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to develop campus-wide sexual misconduct prevention education programs.

Gallagher announces further steps to prevent sexual misconduct

By Rebecca Johnson, Benjamin Nigrosh, and Jon Moss January 16, 2020
Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced in a Thursday press release and at the Thursday afternoon Senate Council meeting that the University is expanding its community-driven response to prevent sexual misconduct.
Katie Pope, the associate vice chancellor of Civil Rights and Title IX, speaks about the Association of American Universities Pitt campus climate survey at a town hall on Thursday afternoon.

Title IX holds town hall in wake of campus climate survey results

By Jade Chang, Staff Writer November 15, 2019
Title IX coordinator Katie Pope discussed the results of the Association of American Universities Pitt campus climate survey during a town hall on Thursday, fielding questions from an audience of about 30 people about her office’s mission.
Pitt announced a new interim policy for severe weather closures on Wednesday. The new policy allows the chancellor to close the University as a result of severe weather with consultation from other administrators.

University launches interim closure policy for this winter

By Rebecca Johnson, Staff Writer November 14, 2019
Pitt announced a new interim policy for severe weather closures that includes more University administrators than just the chancellor in the decision to partially or fully cancel classes.
Katie Pope, the associate vice chancellor for civil rights and Title IX, said the percentage is an underestimate because of difficulties people find in reporting sexual assault and misconduct.

AAU report backs up stats about domestic violence at college

By Rebecca Johnson, Staff Writer October 31, 2019
Out of about 8,000 victims of domestic violence that the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh serves every year, 1,300 are between 18 and 24 years of age.
Oakland Outlook | Sexual assault at Pitt: A survivor's story

Oakland Outlook | Sexual assault at Pitt: A survivor’s story

Oakland Outlook is a bi-weekly blog written by TPN staffers chronicling their experiences as college students living in Oakland.
By Megan Williams, Staff Writer October 17, 2019
For many students on campus, the truth of sexual trauma is not shocking. Its ramifications are not best understood through statistical data. How do you quantify something that is stolen from you? How do you explain that sexual assault feels devestatingly familiar and inevitable to its victims?
University Senate Council discussed the Association of American Universities report detailing sexual assault and misconduct at Pitt, provided updates on campus construction projects and discussed fossil fuel divestment at a Wednesday afternoon meeting.

Senate Council discusses sexual assault report, fossil fuel divestment

By Rebecca Johnson, Staff Writer October 17, 2019
Following the Tuesday release of a report detailing sexual assault and misconduct at Pitt, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher had strong words for Pitt’s campus culture.
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