Petition update

Meeting with Clemson Administration

Support for Student Survivors

Nov 25, 2019 — 

On Thursday, November 21st, the co-writers of the proposal and co-organizers of the march met with members of Clemson administration to address the six initiatives outlined in the petition. 

The administration’s response in alignment with the six initiatives was as follows:

1. Separation of Title IX and Interpersonal Violence Prevention Offices.

Clemson administration stated that they were in the process of looking for a space in order to effectively separate the Title IX and Interpersonal Violence Prevention offices for the reasons outlined in our proposal. 

We hope that the space found is a space comfortable and safe for survivors, as well as a space that can house the magnitude of persons utilizing it effectively. Additionally, we still ask for the rebranding of the current Interpersonal Violence Prevention Office to include response, as it is imperative that there is a free, distinct and confidential entity dedicated to student support akin to other ACC schools.

2. Hiring of (3) Experienced, Confidential, and Certified Advocates.

Clemson administration stated that they have secured the funding to hire two certified advocates however have not decided the office in which they will be housed.

We want to emphasize the importance of having these advocates be confidential in services, as is the case at many other ACC and South Carolina schools, so that student survivors feel effectively supported and safe and maintain authority over all reporting decision when accessing these advocates. Additionally, we hope that these advocates will not only be trained in response and work to meet this need, but will also assist with prevention and education efforts on our campus as well.

3. Trauma-Informed Training for Key Clemson Leadership

Clemson administration stated that they are working with schedules to organize an in-person trauma-informed training session for key personnel, but have not yet decided through which conduit they wish to conduct said training. 

We hope that this training is viewed as a priority and is held effectively. 

4. Restructuring of Student Placement on the President’s Commission on Women

The Commission on Women is in full support of this initiative and is working on their end to restructure their bylaws.

5. Execution of a Campus Climate Survey 

Clemson administration stated that they have been working to accomplish the execution of an interpersonal violence-focused campus climate survey and have started identifying programs that could be used to conduct said survey, with the goal of potentially beginning data collection in Fall 2020. 

We hope this campus climate survey will be considered a priority in the coming semesters, as it is crucial that the climate at Clemson be assessed now to provide accurate and comprehensive data on the issue of interpersonal violence. 

6. Creation of a Women’s and Gender Center 

Clemson administration gave no comments towards any initiatives being taken in regards to the creation of this center, but it is not “off the table.”

We would hope that the university would begin implementing steps towards this eventual center as they align closely with all four REAL priorities set forth in the ClemsonFORWARD plan as well as with other ACC universities that contain similar centers. Further, said center would not only provide the support for student survivors of interpersonal violence, it would foster empowerment and community through education, empirical practice and engagement with administration. 

While we remain optimistic about Clemson’s ability and willingness to take these steps forward, no concrete timeline, detailed strategic plan or written commitment have been provided for any of these initiatives at this point in time. We would urge supporters to express their support for a written commitment to these goals to ensure accountability from Clemson leadership: 

Max Allen:

Provost Jones:

President Clements:

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