Dear USF Community,
As promised in Fr. Fitzgerald’s message to the community last week
, we write to share additional updates and information.
To disrupt and dismantle a culture of disrespect, harm, and violence, we cannot waver in the face of challenges. First and foremost, we must educate our community that sexual misconduct has no place on our campus. It takes all of us to ensure that if we see inappropriate behavior, we do something. We will continue to educate, remedy, and work to prevent sexual violence and misconduct and we must work to create a safe and supportive place where members of our community are empowered to come forward.
The Title IX Office, composed of the Title IX coordinator and deputy Title IX coordinator, is committed to cultivating a campus culture grounded in interpersonal respect. We know rebuilding trust across campus is a difficult task. We believe in the university’s capacity for growth and support of its community and are grateful to all who have joined efforts to rebuild trust. Additional information will be shared on the Title IX site
We affirm our commitment to all members of the USF community. This starts with mandatory education and prevention strategies and highlighting how to report
and what happens when there is a report. We will continue to respond to every report of sex and gender discrimination. We will continue to create ways for victims and survivors to receive resources and support. We will continue to ensure our policies and procedures are trauma-informed, fundamentally fair, and rooted in educational and restorative accountability practices. We will read all input offered on how to ensure our community feels safe coming forward with concerns and ideas.
We cannot do this work alone. Our deputy Title IX coordinator has been working with several groups of students, including our student-athletes, and they are actively supporting changing the culture. This work involves every single member of our community. Over the years, with the Title IX Taskforce and other committees, we include a diverse set of voices from every corner of campus including but not limited to students, the Cultural Centers, First-Year Programs, Public Safety, Health Promotion Services, University Ministry, Athletics, and Human Resources. This issue affects our whole campus, and we invite all students, faculty, and staff to join these efforts by reaffirming their own commitments to our community. We have revamped our community-based efforts to reduce sexual violence with a new committee
, and the deputy Title IX coordinator offers workshops and training for any interested group.
While we know conversation around sexual violence is important for creating change, we also know that continuous talk of these topics can elicit strong emotions for those who have experienced, or know someone who has experienced, sexual violence. This summer, USF created a confidential advocate position, housed within CAPS, available to all students regardless of when an experience occurred. Lisa Quach (she/they) joined USF in July and is a staff psychotherapist positioned to support those with experiences of sexual misconduct. To request a meeting with Lisa, contact CAPS at (415) 422-6352
For further education and information, including reporting incidents, please refer to the links below: