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Furthering inclusiveness and equality

ATHENS, Ohio -- Friday, Nov. 14, is the first scheduled meeting of the newly formed Task Force on Inclusiveness and Equality.

Organized by Provost Stephen Kopp, the task force will conduct a complete audit of current University policies and procedures involving complaints and investigative processes pertaining to allegations of hostile workplace conditions, sexual harassment complaints, accusations of unprofessional conduct, accusations of unethical conduct and related matters.

The committee's objective is to prevent sexual harassment, eliminate hostile workplace conditions and foster a climate that expects the highest level of professional and ethical conduct from everyone in the campus community at all times.

A diverse 38-member committee includes five working groups -- policy review, grievances/complaints, survey, progress indicators and benchmark institutions -- that will gather information from a variety of sources around campus. The committee also will identify best practices from other universities and made recommendations for implementation at Ohio University.

Students, staff, faculty and administrators will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of focus group discussions facilitated by the task force about workplace conditions.

Findings and recommendations developed by this committee will serve as the impetus for subsequent initiatives focusing on strengthening and advancing inclusiveness and equality on campus.

The task force will present their findings to Kopp in February 2004.

Outlook will publish focus group meeting dates and committee findings as they become available.

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