As we start the school year, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all of the faculty, staff, students, and trustees who served on the Task Force on Sexual Misconduct this past summer. This Task Force formed last spring to review our education and policies around sexual misconduct and to develop proposals that further a safe, supportive campus environment for all students.
This robust and committed group focused on the following areas:
Reviewing and enhancing training on sexual misconduct and sexual assault for all faculty, staff, and students
Reviewing and developing curricula on consent education for all students
Ensuring clarity for procedures and communications around allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault
As part of our planning, we will be:
Scheduling new outside speakers and organizations to provide training for students, faculty, and staff on sexual assault, bystander interventions, and consent
Implementing curricula on consent that is grounded in community building and respecting the dignity of others
Discussing our revised Anti-Harassment Policy and the reporting, investigation, and follow-up processes in-depth with students
As we advance this critical work, we will continue to listen to students' needs and interests in making Burke a safer and supportive school environment for all students. We will strive towards fostering a school culture that encourages all of our students, faculty, and staff to take an active role in confronting sexual misconduct and harassment with the resources, services, and support that is needed.
Just over a year ago, the Class of 2020 marked the conclusion of their high school careers over Zoom – from Senior Send-Off to Graduation, nearly all events were virtual in Spring 2020. But now, with Summer at Burke in full swing in the background, they could celebrate together and in-person.