Timeline of Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Efforts at UM

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 becomes law, prohibiting sex discrimination in educational programs or activities that receive federal funds

UM adopts Discrimination Grievance Policy 407.1 now superseded by UM's Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking & Retaliation Policy 707.

At the request of the Women’s Resource Center, ASUM commissions a task force on Rape and Sexual Assault to conduct research and issue recommendations for addressing rape and sexual assault on the UM campus

UM adopts Sexual Harassment Policy 406.5.1 now superseded by UM's Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking & Retaliation Policy 707.

Congress passes the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act requiring colleges and universities to collect and make available information regarding the security policies and the extent and distribution of various types of crime on college campuses

UM President George M. Dennison appoints a task force to develop recommendations to decrease sexual assault at the University of Montana

UM Task Force on Rape and Sexual Assault completes its report with 33 recommendations for decreasing sexual assault at the University of Montana

The Student Assault Resource Center (now Student Advocacy Resource Center) is established

The University Council on Sexual Assault (now the University Council on Student Assault) is created to examine issues regarding campus policies and procedures addressing sexual assault

UM adopts Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy 406.4 now superseded by UM's Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking & Retaliation Policy 707.

UM Task Force on Rape and Sexual Assault releases a report on the findings of a sexual victimization survey of UM students

The U.S. Department of Education releases its Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance: Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties

SARC receives a grant from the Department of Justice to reduce violence against women on the UM campus

The UCSA commissions an analysis of the extent to which the 33 recommendations made to the President in 1992 had been accomplished and resolved. At that time, all but six of the recommendations had been accomplished, resolved, or were being managed on an ongoing basis.

UM Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking releases a report

UM adopts Sexual Misconduct, Sexual and Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy 406.5 now superseded by UM's Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking & Retaliation Policy 707.

Results of a Campus Safety and Sexual Assault Survey are released

UCSA releases a report on the progress of the recommendations for change initially made in 1992 by the Presidential Task Force on Sexual Assault, finding that of the 33 original recommendations, all had been accomplished or resolved or were being managed on an ongoing basis

2011

UM President Royce Engstrom asks the UCSA to examine best practices on college campuses and provide recommendations for UM to reduce and prevent sexual assault

The U.S. Department of Education releases a Dear Colleague Letter offering guidance on sexual violence and schools’ obligations under Title IX

UM retains retired Montana Supreme Court Justice Diane Barz to investigate recent reports of sexual assault

2012

Justice Barz submits final report to President Engstrom

UCSA submits a report to President Engstrom with updates to its 2010 progress report and recommendations for future change

New Student Athlete Code of Conduct implemented

UM policy is updated to include mandatory reporting to Title IX Coordinator

The Footbridge Forum, an experimental radio program produced by students in the Department of Radio-Television, launches a series of programs looking into the issue of sexual assault on campus

DOJ/OCR investigation begins

PETSA tutorial implemented for all students

Feedback from students regarding PETSA collected and analyzed

UM’s new Sexual Misconduct website launches

UM Police increases its presence in campus residence halls by adding a community patrol officer

UM receives federal funding from the Office on Violence Against Women to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus

2013

UM signs a resolution agreement with the Department of Justice/Office for Civil Rights

Focus groups with students are conducted to gather opinions and suggestions on PETSA and on the issue of sexual assault on or associated with campus

New Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation policy put into place, replacing previous separate policies on Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination; Sexual Misconduct, Sexual and Relationship Violence, and Stalking; Sexual Harassment; and Discrimination Grievance

Online Discrimination Prevention Tutorial for employees launched

Safe Campus Survey is launched

UM hires its first Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator

2014

OCR releases Q & A on Title IX and Sexual Violence, further clarifying the legal requirements under Title IX articulated in the 2011 Dear Colleague letter on Sexual Violence and the 2001 Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance and providing recommendations for addressing allegations of sexual violence

White House Task Force releases its Not Alone report