In December 2014, President Teresa A. Sullivan established the President's Ad Hoc Group on University Climate and Culture. The Ad Hoc Group serves as an advisory body to the President and was created to explore policies, practices and organizational structure, as well as the resources necessary to support the ultimate goal of providing an outstanding education while ensuring the safety and well-being of students. Its membership includes students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and two members of the University's Board of Visitors.
The Prevention Working Group was asked to address how we can prevent sexual violence through education and training and through creating a safe environment. In recommending actionable steps, the working group was encouraged to consider the following:
The Response Working Group was asked to address how the University can best respond to incidents of sexual assault after they occur. There are current and proposed state and federal legislation, regulations, and guidelines that affect University's response. This group was briefed on the constraints within which the University operates. In recommending actionable steps, the working group was encouraged to consider the following:
The Culture Working Group was asked to consider how we can improve the University's distinctive culture. Some aspects of the University's culture need to change so that we can achieve our goal: to ensure that UVA and its Grounds are a safe and welcoming place to learn, teach, conduct research, recreate, and live for all members of the community. In addressing this issue, the group considered that UVA currently requires first-year students to live on Grounds, with most upper-class students living off-Grounds. Very few students, however, live with their families and commute to the University. In recommending actionable steps, the working group was encouraged to consider the following: