As the University of Illinois continues to grapple with how to prevent and better handle sexual misconduct on campus in the wake of #MeToo, the Daily Illini spoke to two College of Law faculty regarding some of the steps that are being taken.
Professor Rob Kar is the chair of a task force developed by the Provost in January aimed to comprehensively review the current sexual misconduct policies, practices, and procedures. The task force will produce a report of recommendations on how the University should be handling sexual harassment cases, which will be finalized and delivered to the provost by the end of this semester.
“My aim is to present a package of recommendations that takes the University of Illinois further than higher education has gone and to serve as a model for the nation,” Kar said.
Professor Lesley Wexler emphasized that social and institutional change is most likely to occur when all parties see a need for progress.
“Students, faculty, staff and community members should keep pressure on the University and other big institutions to address the #MeToo era,” Wexler said. “Decision-makers inside those institutions should be working for institutional reform and a more equitable culture.”
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