Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #100
ORDER ADOPTED
Apr 2, 2018 5:30 PM

City Council support of Massachusetts Resolve H. 4159: "Resolve creating a task force on sexual misconduct climate surveys for colleges and universities in Massachusetts."

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor E. Denise Simmons
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Sexual assault on college and university campuses is an epidemic that affects 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Despite these large numbers, sexual assault remains one of the most widely underreported crimes, with estimates that only 10% of victims will ever report to authorities; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This underreporting and lack of knowledge is its own policy problem, which prompted the creation of a 2014 White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, which recommended that colleges and universities implement a Campus Climate Survey as a first step to gather information and concrete data about this problem; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

An anonymous climate survey would be particularly helpful in viewing both statewide and campus specific trends over time, identifying areas in which schools could provide more resources, and giving survivors and their allies a confidential but powerful platform to speak about their experiences; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This legislative term, Representative Lori Ehrlich re-introduced Massachusetts Resolve H.4159, "Resolve creating a task force on sexual misconduct climate surveys for colleges and universities in Massachusetts"; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Representative Ehrlich was joined by 20 co-sponsors, including members of the Cambridge delegation Representatives Marjorie Decker and David Rogers; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Bill currently sits in the House Ways and Means Committee after being voted favorably out of the Joint Committee on Higher Education; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In support of this bill, students and alumni from over 17 different campuses have formed an organization called Every Voice Coalition, which has collected signatures in support of the bill from over 4,000 Massachusetts college students; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

On a national level, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s rollback of the Obama Administration’s Title IX protections relating to the prevention of assault and support of survivors prompts a need for state involvement; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

As home to three institutions of higher education, the City of Cambridge should be supportive of any steps taken that either improve a survivor’s experience in the reporting process or prevent sexual assault altogether; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record in support of Massachusetts Resolve H.4159, "Resolve creating a task force on sexual misconduct climate surveys for colleges and universities in Massachusetts"; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to the Cambridge Legislative Delegation, Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez, and Every Voice Coalition on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Apr 2, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED