Princeton University is committed to ensuring that all of its community members can learn, work, and thrive in a safe, supportive, and fair environment, free from sexual misconduct and all forms of discrimination.
Members from the Faculty-Student Committee on Sexual Misconduct and the University Student Life Committee (USLC) are working jointly towards this goal by making joint recommendations for improvements to the University’s policies regarding sexual misconduct and other issues of student concern. These recommendations will reflect input from students, faculty, and staff from across the University.
The joint Committees co-chairs are:
- W. Rochelle Calhoun, Vice President for Campus Life (USLC)
- Nicolas Gregory ’22 (USLC)
- Mai Nguyen GS Psychology (USLC)
- J. Nicole Shelton, Stuart Professor of Psychology (Faculty-Student Advisory Committee)
- Abigail Novick ’GS Neuroscience (Faculty-Student Advisory Committee)
The joint Committees or the co-chairs are scheduled to meet at least fifteen times during the May-August timeframe, with the goal of making an interim report to the campus community in early fall. To increase the transparency of joint committee proceedings, the Committees will be posting periodic updates on this webpage.
If you would like to send the Committees any comments, questions, or concerns, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions to this email address will be discussed during committee meetings.
Summary of joint Committees meetings to date
Preliminary to these meetings, on May 7, 2019, student protesters delivered a list of demands related to Princeton’s sexual misconduct process and other concerns to the University administration. On May 10, 2019, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Michele Minter and Director of Gender Equity and Title IX Administration Regan Crotty requested that the University commission an external review of the Title IX program. That request was granted by President Christopher Eisgruber. On May 13, the joint committees began meeting to address student concerns.
May 13, 2019: The joint Committees met with a group of concerned students to begin a dialogue around issues related to how sexual misconduct matters are addressed on campus.
May 22, 2019: The joint Committees met to begin review of student concerns.
May 23, 2019: The joint Committees met with a delegation of students from the Princeton Students for Title IX Reform (PIXR) group to discuss the Committees’ work plan. It was clarified that PIXR preferred to host an independent town hall without Committees’ involvement.
June 6, 2019: The joint Committees’ co-chairs met to establish a work plan and meeting schedule for the remainder of the summer and continue discussion of student concerns.
June 11, 2019: The joint Committees’ co-chairs met to continue discussion of student concerns.
June 12, 2019: The joint Committees met with administrators involved in implementation of the sexual misconduct disciplinary process. These included invited guests Regan Crotty, Ed White, Walter Wright, Joyce Chen Shueh and Cole Crittenden. Discussion focused on the sexual misconduct policy and procedures, including interactions with complainants and how information is shared in person and in writing throughout the process.
June 13, 2019: Representatives of the joint Committees attended the annual Ivy Plus Title IX Conference, hosted on the Princeton campus, in order to learn more about restorative justice practices and collect benchmarking information about how peer institutions handle aspects of the Title IX process.
June 25, 2019: The joint Committees discussed academic issues (the process of seeking departmental status, research projects), and, subsequent to the meeting, formally referred the PIXR delegates to the faculty in Gender and Sexuality Studies who would be responsible for departmental initiatives. The Committees also discussed pending federal regulations related to Title IX, and campus mental health funding. The Committees also discussed restorative justice practices with invited guest Jackie Deitch-Stackhouse. PIXR representatives were invited to attend but declined; they submitted written comments about the designated topics, which were reviewed. The joint Committees also reviewed a proposal to hire a focus group facilitator in order to collect student perspectives about climate and needs.
July 9, 2019: The joint Committees' co-chairs met to review several topics, including plans for student focus groups and a working group on restorative practices.
July 10, 2019: The joint Committees met with campus administrators who have been trained to serve as Title IX Advisors during sexual misconduct investigations. These included invited guests Alexis Andres, Amy Ham Johnson, Mellisa Thompson, Momo Walapaye, Garrett Meggs, Julie Yun, and Anne Caswell-Klein. Additional invited guests were Regan Crotty and Jackie Deitch-Stackhouse. Discussion focused on the support and advocacy roles played by the campus Title IX Advisors, SHARE staff members, and other individuals selected by complainants and respondents to serve as advisors.
July 15, 2019: The joint Committees met with invited guest Calvin Chin to learn more about considerations related to supports for student mental health. The joint Committees also discussed restorative practices and communication strategies.
July 23, 2019: The joint Committees met with PIXR representatives. Other invited guests were Calvin Chin and Jackie Deitch-Stackhouse. Discussion focused on support and advocacy for survivors.
July 31, 2019: The joint Committees met with invited guests Jackie Deitch-Stackhouse, Avina Ross and Jean Semelfort to discuss the SHARE program and educational and training opportunities for students. The Committees members additionally reviewed written comments about several topics submitted by PIXR representatives.
August 6, 2019: The joint Committees met with invited guests Rebecca Graves-Bayazitoglu, Shahreen Rahman, John Luria, Gisella Gisolo and Kara Amoratis to discuss issues related to international and domestic travel.
August 13, 2019: The joint Committees met with invited guest Regan Crotty to review new and revised material developed to provide additional transparency regarding the Title IX investigative, adjudicatory and appeals process, as well as a new website designed to provide multiple ways to navigate and search for relevant information.
August 22, 2019: The joint Committees’ co-chairs met to discuss the work plan and possible recommendations.
August 27, 2019: The joint Committees met with invited guest Sarah Rankin, Title IX Coordinator at MIT, to review the findings of confidential student focus groups and interviews conducted by Ms. Rankin on behalf of the Committees.
August 28, 2019: The joint Committees met with PIXR representatives.
September 18, 2019: The joint Committees met to review their draft report and recommendations.