"Throughout this process, my focus was, is, and always will be on ensuring that every student can learn in a safe and nurturing environment," DeVos said in a statement. "That starts with having clear policies and fair processes that every student can rely on. Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined."
The campus also launched sweeping reforms under Jerry Kang, who was appointed as its first vice chancellor of equity, diversity and inclusion in 2015. Since he took the job, UCLA has hired more staff to handle complaints, expanded training about sexual harassment, imposed reporting requirements for suspected misconduct and improved communication about the status of cases. UCLA and other UC campuses also have hired confidential advocates to support survivors of sexual misconduct, and Salvaty has moved on to become the UC's first systemwide Title IX coordinator.
Sexual misconduct perpetuated by university staff is an "open secret" that has become sidelined within university campuses in the UK, according to a report by the National Union of Students (NUS). The report, released on Wednesday in conjunction with lobbying organisation The 1752 Group, is the first national survey of its kind collating data from four focus groups including former and current students from across the country. For the report, named Power in the Academy: Staff Sexual Misconduct in UK Higher Education, respondents were questioned about sexual misconduct ranging from unwanted sexual remarks and groping, to serious sexual harassment such as rape and sexual assault on campus. According to the survey, four in 10 current students have experienced at least one incident of staff sexual misconduct. A further five percent indicated that they knew of someone who had been subjected to it.
Brett Sokolow, who heads an association of sexual harassment investigators on campuses, estimates that the number of reported complaints has risen by about 10 percent since the accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced in early October, spurring more women to speak out against harassment in various fields.