Interim Title IX Coordinator Christi Hurt said the task force charged with rewriting UNC’s sexual assault policy hopes to finish its work before the end of the semester.
But she and three other members of the Sexual Assault Task Force, including Student Body President Christy Lambden, took time Monday to address students’ questions about the work they’ve been doing in a forum hosted by student government.
Though the new policy is not finished, Hurt said task force members are not waiting on the final product to start implementing their ideas.
“We’re working to build the system as we’re working to make sure the policy is currently still being used — as it’s being written — so people have what they need today,” said Hurt, the chairwoman of the task force.
When asked how UNC plans to implement better sexual assault education, the group mentioned an initiative to target incoming freshmen.
Bob Pleasants, Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator and a member of the task force, said UNC is increasing information about sexual assault at orientation.
All incoming students will soon be required to complete an online 45-minute module, which would cover abusive relations, sexual assault, consent and how to help a friend in need, he said.
Senior Sean Langberg, who attended the forum, said this is a good idea.
“These mandatory programs that aren’t optional, the more the better,” he said.