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UO President's Review Panel Hears Student Input On Sexual Misconduct

Amanda Butt

Tuesday night, the University of Oregon President's Review Panel met to hear students' perspectives and ideas of how to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct on campus.

More than three dozen students filled the Global Scholars Great Hall on campus to voice their thoughts at the second of two listening sessions Tuesday. Senior Chloe France:

France: "Sexual violence is a really real problem on campus. I think the culture around it needs to be changed. I think the culture is just not taking sexual violence extremely seriously like it should be taken. Not really viewing as a crime, not really viewing it as a tragedy when it truly is."

Students told the panel it's important to make campus resources efficient and that students know who to contact if they are sexually assaulted. They also suggested using social media to create a greater awareness against sexual misconduct on campus.

Mary Deits is the chair of the President's Review Panel. She wants the University make improvements as soon as possible.

Deits: "Obviously, we need to look at ways to prevent this and it's not the University of Oregon, it's a national issue and it's just unacceptable. So we need to start looking at what can we all do better to prevent it. But, it's going to happen and it does happen and because of that it's also critically important that there be support and resources available to students to help them deal with this."

The University will continue to accept public input on the subject online at the President's Review Panel website.

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