By Lydia Velazquez
The Caine College of the Arts held a town hall meeting today at noon entitled “Rights and Resources,” the first town hall to have been organized by the CCA council.
Normally town halls happen on an as needed basis and are organized by department heads to address specific issues or concerns within departments.
During a council meeting, there was discussion about being unsure how to report violations that either fall under Title IX or are academic violations. This discussion gave Academic Senator Sierra Wise the idea to have a town hall that would educate students on what resources are available to them and who to contact about what kinds of concerns.
“Communication is really crucial in any discipline, but I think especially where we are right now,” Wise said. “It’s really important students know what their resources are.”
The town hall had tables with representatives from Utah State’s Affirmative Action and Title IX office, Student Health Services, Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information, and Counseling and Psychological Services. There was also a panel comprised of Vice President for Student Affairs James Morales, Student Advocate Vice President Samuel Jackson and Prevention Specialist for the Affirmative Action Office Emmalee Fishburn.
Morales emphasized how important it is that if something happens that students “go somewhere” and talk to someone, whether that be himself or another trusted member of faculty. He further explained the importance of ensuring that concerns are made known and that students are provided the necessary help to navigate whatever process may be needed to reach a solution.
“There’s great support at all levels of the university for speaking up,” Nicholas Morrison, executive associate dean of the college, said.