The University of Illinois Board of Trustees is set to vote on two new consensual relationship policies that have been proposed by the system. Professor Rob Kar, who chaired the campus committee on sexual misconduct that issued 65 recommendations, said the two policies are a small part of how the UI could reduce sexual misconduct. Responding to a concern from a fellow faculty member about how the policies only focus on part of the problem, Kar said:
“Consensual relations policies may not do very much at all, and may even undermine some of the goals that we’re after. They may get like one or two cases here or there that we don’t have a policy against right now.
“But I agree with you that the research suggests that it’s gender harassment that is the most widespread problem.”
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