For the past year, students and administrators have been lobbying to change the way cases of sexual assault are handled on campus, calling it unfair, taxing and ineffective.
In response, and prompted by a change in federal policy, the University’s Faculty Council voted unanimously on Friday to remove cases of sexual misconduct from the jurisdiction of the student-run honor system, effective Aug. 1.
Exactly what will replace the system in these cases is unclear. But it will likely take the form of a board that will deal with all sexual grievances on campus — “any kind of anything on campus having to do with cases of sexual misconduct,” said Morgan Abbott, vice chairwoman of the Honor Court.
The University’s priority on changing its policies was sparked in January, when the federal government circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter instructing institutions in higher education to bring their policies on sexual misconduct up to date.
“The best way to comply with them is to redo the whole thing,” said Chancellor Holden Thorp at the meeting Friday.