Under UNC’s current sexual assault policy, “consent” is defined in four sentences.
But UNC’s Sexual Assault Task Force’s current draft of the policy has defined the term in 14 sentences.
The task force hopes the changes will make the policy specific enough that survivors of sexual assault won’t have to research terms and definitons on their own.
“I think we all agree that pulling up a 20-page PDF isn’t going to be how somebody seeks help,” said Christi Hurt, director of the Carolina Women’s Center and chairwoman of the task force.
And that definition is still subject to change — for seven hours on Tuesday, members of UNC’s sexual assault task force worked in small groups and as a large group to discuss the policy.
UNC’s current sexual assault policy is 48 pages.
Title IX Coordinator Howard Kallem, a former lawyer for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights who began his position last week, said it is important for colleges to have the clearest policy possible.
In Kallem’s previous position, he looked into federal complaints against colleges’ handling of sexual assault.
“The issues we see frequently are when there are a number of policies and it’s not clear what applies under what circumstance,” he said.