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Timeline of progress

  • February 2020: Vanderbilt University staff participate in the Staff Engagement Survey.
  • February 2020: Vanderbilt University-employed faculty participate in the national COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey. 
  • February 2020: The Faculty Senate, in partnership with the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Office for Inclusive Excellence, will host a series of unconscious bias training workshops for all faculty members.
  • January 2020: Vanderbilt Athletics hosted its first Pride game, a women’s basketball game.
  • January 2020: Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain announces new structure of Title IX and EEO offices.
  • November 2019: Vanderbilt hosted a satellite meeting Nov. 19 for the National Academies’ Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.
  • November 2019: TEDx Vanderbilt included a talk given by Sarah Jordan Welch, LMSW, entitled “Welcome to the Trauma Club.
  • October 2019: Vanderbilt University released the findings of two surveys conducted in early 2019 assessing student, postdoctoral fellow, and faculty experiences with sexual assault and sexual misconduct.
  • September 2019: 5th anniversary of the Project Safe Center celebrated.
  • May 2019: Vanderbilt University Public Safety and Project Safe host on-site Certified FETI Training; VUPD, EEO, Title IX, Student Accountability, OGC and Project Safe attend. FETI is the Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview, a science and practice-based interviewing methodology informed by the latest research on the neurobiology of trauma and memory. The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI®) provides interviewers with a science-informed interviewing framework that maximizes opportunities for information collection and accurately documents the participant’s experience in a neutral, equitable and fair manner.
  • May 2019: Staff WAVE Council steering committee has focus area on workplace safety, including understanding the impact of sexual and gender harassment.
  • April 2019: Vanderbilt University joins the Association of American Universities Advisory Board on Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination.
  • April 2019: Launched a campus survey for university-employed faculty and post-doctoral fellows on sexual harassment.
  • February 2019: :Launched the 2019 Student Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct.
  • March 2019: Provost’s WAVE Council steering committee has focus area on campus climate, including understanding the impact of sexual and gender harassment.
  • January 2019: Joined the National Academies Action Collaborative as a founding member.
  • January 2019: Vanderbilt joined with peers in the Association of American Universities to share concerns and provide observations about the likely effects of the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed new Title IX regulations
  • November 2018: 40th anniversary of Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center celebrated
  • November 2018: The Committee on the Status of Women in Basic Sciences was established to examine gender issues. The committee compiled a report after meeting for 9 months and presented it to Dean Larry Marnett in summer 2019. As a result of the committee’s study, the dean has pledged to address an imbalance in women faculty with endowed chairs and in time to promotion from associate to full professor for women. The committee also requested a dedicated space for lactation rooms in two research buildings. These spaces are under construction and will be equipped with all amenities recommended by national architectural design standards.
  • October 2018: Best-selling author and legal scholar Anita Hill delivered a lecture, “No Longer Silent: Underrepresented Narratives in Sexual Violence,” on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Vanderbilt University’s Langford Auditorium.
  • August 2018:  Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente launched an initiative on the status of women. The provost’s initiative focuses on issues facing the broad array of women faculty, students and postdoctoral trainees in the provost’s academic affairs areas (VU-employed or enrolled).
  • Summer/Fall 2018: Openly engaged with the National Academies and its report, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.” First through a public webinar with the report release in June 2018, and then by hosting Drs. Benya and Magley for a campus visit in November 2018 with numerous public presentations and discussions with faculty, students, postdoc and staff in the sciences. We were one of the first institutions to invite and host them for such discussion
  • February/March 2018:  Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente each publish columns advocating for a culture of respect for women and for all members of the community.
  • February 2018: Actress, author and activist Ashley Judd spoke at Vanderbilt about the #MeToo movement.
  • January 2018: Vanderbilt launches new Title IX and Student Discrimination, Student Access Services, Equal Employment Opportunity offices.
  • August 2017: Project Safe and Vanderbilt University are recognized with the Campus Prevention Network’s Prevention Excellence award.
  • Spring 2017: Vanderbilt’s efforts to educate incoming students about sexual assault prevention, and to help students better understand how the university responds to and investigates reports of sexual misconduct, are mentioned in a report released by the Association of American Universities.
  • August 2016: The Project Safe Center’s limited confidential status took effect.
  • Spring 2016: Conducted the COACHE faculty survey of all Provost-reporting, VU-employed faculty. The survey provided information on such topics as the nature of work, resources and support, mentoring, interdisciplinary work, tenure and promotion, work and personal life balance, and faculty governance, among others. The survey was completed by 56 percent of the Vanderbilt faculty who were asked to participate, which was a high response rate. A faculty working group conducted the analysis and assessed any gender disparities in faculty satisfaction and campus climate.  A set of school/college and university action items were developed in collaboration with stakeholders. Implementation of the actions spans from fall 2016 to present. The COACHE follow up survey will be conducted in spring 2020. Learn more about the many Faculty Development programs that have been launched or are informed by the COACHE survey results.
  • March 2016: Project Safe and Vanderbilt Athletics partner to launch ’Dores Prevention Playbook, a four-year, ongoing, comprehensive sexual harassment and intimate partner violence prevention education program for student athletes.
  • 2015-2016: Vanderbilt retires VU PETSA and begins offering Haven – Preventing Sexual Assault, an EverFi module, to offer improved and expanded sexual assault prevention education via an online format.
  • September 2015: The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center begins offering its Women in the Academy series each semester, a series of programs designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars that explores gender issues in the academy; and its Work–Life Workshops for faculty, staff and graduate students, a series of lecture-based lunch program that covers a range of self-care and professional development topics, such as navigating organizational politics, mindfulness and stress management, and salary negotiation strategies.
  • Spring 2015: The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center begins offering the AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop.
  • Spring 2015: Conducted a campus-wide student campus climate survey on sexual assault and misconduct that resulted in community engaged action steps based on the findings. Implementation of the actions spans from January 2016 to present.
  • November 2014: Department of Anthropology provides Anti-Harassment policies and procedures while in the Field to student and postdoctoral scholars.
  • November 2014: Vanderbilt joins the national “It’s On Us” campaign, organizing a pledge signing and awareness raising social media event each semester.
  • August 2014: Vanderbilt University begins requiring all incoming graduate and professional students to complete online violence prevention training module.
  • August 2014: Expanded Project Safe, a longstanding Vanderbilt University program committed to preventing sexual assault as well as other forms of power-based personal violence, into a free-standing center on campus.
  • January 2014: Vanderbilt launches website and poster campaign to raise awareness of university reporting options and support resources.
  • 2013-2014: All athletic teams attend a Green Dot overview.
  • November 2013: Faculty Senate passes resolution on student safety and security; calling for faculty senators to participate in the Vanderbilt University Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness training module.
  • August 2013: Vanderbilt University begins requiring incoming first-year students to complete online violence prevention training module.
  • 2012: Vanderbilt adopts and develops VU Personal Empowerment through Self-Awareness, an online educational module designed to raise awareness and educate the VU community on the prevalence and warning signs related to sexual assault.
  • 2009: Established the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault, now the Provost’s standing Sexual Misconduct Prevention Committee.
  • 2000-2004: Project Safe continues to be funded through DOJ grant.
  • 2000: Project Safe created as an office within the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.
  • May 1999: Violence Against Women Task Force established.

Parts of this timeline were initially published on the Office of the Provost website