Dear UNL: Address the Systemic Mishandling of Sexual Misconduct Complaints

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Dear UNL is a diverse group of undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, faculty, staff, and allies advocating for systemic and cultural change within UNL’s Title IX office and beyond. By sharing their individual experiences, the group has exposed a continuous pattern of mistreatment, which has led to extreme inequities disproportionately affecting victims of sexual misconduct. The group’s goal is to hold UNL – particularly its Title IX office – to a higher standard. In order to improve this critical on-campus service and ensure its functions meet established guidelines, the group is now calling upon UNL to address its overall lack of accountability, transparency, and trauma-informed approach.

Your support is essential to the group’s mission of ensuring that UNL is an inclusive and supportive campus, where all students, faculty, and staff can truly benefit from the activities, programs, and opportunities afforded by the University. You can support Dear UNL by following, liking, and sharing the group's online content or by signing this petition, which calls on UNL to act upon the following demands:

Demand One: ACCOUNTABILITY

Accountability in the form of creating an Oversight Committee for the reporting process that prioritizes student and survivor feedback about how UNL addresses and responds to sexual misconduct cases and to provide a set of checks and balances for the Title IX office.

Demand Two: TRANSPARENCY

More transparency in the execution of Title IX processes, along with the processes of all other relevant campus departments, including but not limited to University Health Center, University Police Department, Residential Life, and Student Conduct and Community Standards.

Demand Three: STAFFING

Additional staff must be hired in order to handles cases of sexual misconduct and expand current resources for survivors.

Demand Four: SURVIVOR SUPPORT

A stronger investment is needed into the support of survivors of sexual misconduct at UNL, including the expansion of survivor accommodations/modifications and support resources.

Demand Five: TRAINING

A more comprehensive, trauma-informed training program for all persons involved in the Title IX process so that they have an adequate understanding of the dynamics of sexual misconduct, the effects of trauma, and how to interact with survivors.

You can find more information about the group, its mission, and its interactions with the University administration at DearUNL.com, including our full list of demands