Harvard UC Passes New Sexual Assault Prevention Measure

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Student groups receiving funding from the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations’ Student Advisory Committee will be eligible for more funding if their board members undergo sexual assault prevention training as a result of an agreement between the Harvard Foundation and the Undergraduate Council.

Under the new policy—jointly sponsored by the UC, the Harvard Foundation, and the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response—student organizations whose entire boards undergo OSAPR-run sexual assault prevention training are eligible to receive 20 percent in additional funding from the Harvard Foundation beginning next semester.

If half of a student organization’s board attends training, the group will be eligible for a 10 percent funding increase.

“Our role… will be to help create some of this institutional change to combat sexual assault on campus,” Harvard Foundation Student Advisory Committee co-chair Dylan de Waart ’19 said. “You can’t have an ‘Open Harvard’ without a safe Harvard.”

De Waart co-authored the policy along with UC Finance Committee Chair William A. Greenlaw ’17, Pforzheimer House UC representative Neel Mehta ’18, and Student Advisory Committee co-chair Yousra Neberai ’18.

The policy supplements an initiative from the Council’s Finance Committee passed last semester that mandates sexual assault training for officers of the 20 percent of student groups that receive the most UC grants each semester. More than 70 students have received training through the policy.

Greenlaw said the new partnership with the Harvard Foundation would help expand training to groups that the UC may not ordinarily reach.

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