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Faculty - September 2014

Dear Faculty Colleagues,

Happy new year – new academic year, that is!  I began working at SF State on May 1st as the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management; shortly thereafter, I was asked by President Wong to serve as the campus’ Title IX Coordinator and DHR Administrator.  New federal laws went into effect in March 2014 which now require changes in university policy and practice to better promote gender equity and campus safety; a summary of these changes can be found on the American Council on Education’s website

SF State has a long self-stated commitment to issues of access, equity and inclusion, and our efforts to support Title IX fall in line with our core values.  As we start the Fall 2014 term, I welcome and honor your pivotal, primary and powerful role in student learning, and ask for your support in cultivating a working and learning environment reflective of SF State’s core beliefs in social justice.  Revised federal legislation and changes in university policy reinvigorate our obligation both to raise awareness of sex and gender discrimination, and of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as to promote a safer, more inclusive climate for all students, faculty and staff.

I encourage you to take the time to become familiar with the updated CSU Executive Order regarding our responsibilities relative to Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act.  To learn more about faculty members’ important role as institutional officers in this effort, available on and off campus resources, and other vital information, please visit and bookmark http://titleix.sfsu.edu/

Two things in particular will be essential to observe as you review the above websites.  First, all staff/faculty will need to complete annual training; additional information will be forthcoming on this requirement.   Second, unless otherwise noted, staff/faculty are required to *immediately* report allegations of sexual harassment/sexual violence to any of the following Title IX personnel: 

Dr. Luoluo Hong, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Hong can be reached at (415) 338-7313 and at luoluo@sfsu.edu.  

Dr. Mary Ann Begley, Interim Dean of Students& Title IX Senior Deputy Coordinator for Students

Dr. Begley can be reached at (415) 338-2032 and at begley@sfsu.edu.

Bryan Kauffman, Director of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations and Title IX Senior Deputy Coordinator for Employees & 3rd Parties

Mr. Kauffman can be reached at (415) 405-3672 and at bkauffma@sfsu.edu.

Katon Dalton, Interim Equity Programs & Compliance Manager

Mr. Dalton can be reached at (415) 338-2032 and at kdalton@sfsu.edu

Thank you for your time and engagement.  Please remain on the lookout for additional communications throughout the year on this topic.

Warm regards,

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Luoluo Hong, PhD, MPH, Vice President & Title IX Coordinator | SF STATE | Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Assistant: (415) 338-7313 | Main Office: (415) 338-2032 | Email:  luoluo@sfsu.edu | URL: http://www.sfsu.edu/~vpsa/

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently." - Maya Angelou

 

Staff - September 2014

Dear Staff Colleagues,

Happy new year – new academic year, that is!  I began working at SF State on May 1st as the Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management; shortly thereafter, I was asked by President Wong to serve as the campus’ Title IX Coordinator and DHR Administrator.  New federal laws went into effect in March 2014 which now require changes in university policy and practice to better promote gender equity and campus safety; a summary of these changes can be found on the American Council on Education’s website

SF State has a long self-stated commitment to issues of access, equity and inclusion, and our efforts to support Title IX fall in line with our core values.  As we start the Fall 2014 term, I ask for your support in cultivating a working and learning environment reflective of SF State’s core beliefs in social justice.  Revised federal legislation and changes in university policy reinvigorate our obligation both to raise awareness of sex and gender discrimination, and of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as to promote a safer, more inclusive climate for all students, faculty and staff.

I encourage you to take the time to become familiar with the updated CSU Executive Order regarding our responsibilities relative to Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act.  To learn more about staff members’ important role as institutional officers in this effort, available on and off campus resources, and other vital information, please visit and bookmark http://titleix.sfsu.edu/

Two things in particular will be essential to observe as you review the above websites.  First, all employees will need to complete annual training; additional information will be forthcoming on this requirement.   Second, unless otherwise noted, all employees are required to *immediately* report allegations of sexual harassment/sexual violence to any of the following Title IX personnel: 

Dr. Luoluo Hong, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Title IX Coordinator

Dr. Hong can be reached at (415) 338-7313 and at luoluo@sfsu.edu.  

Dr. Mary Ann Begley, Interim Dean of Students& Title IX Senior Deputy Coordinator for Students

Dr. Begley can be reached at (415) 338-2032 and at begley@sfsu.edu.

Bryan Kauffman, Director of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations and Title IX Senior Deputy Coordinator for Employees & 3rd Parties

Mr. Kauffman can be reached at (415) 405-3672 and at bkauffma@sfsu.edu.

Katon Dalton, Interim Equity Programs & Compliance Manager

Mr. Dalton can be reached at (415) 338-2032 and at kdalton@sfsu.edu

Thank you for your time and engagement.  Please remain on the lookout for additional communications throughout the year on this topic.

Warm regards,

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Luoluo Hong, PhD, MPH, Vice President & Title IX Coordinator | SF STATE | Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

Assistant: (415) 338-7313 | Main Office: (415) 338-2032 | Email:  luoluo@sfsu.edu | URL: http://www.sfsu.edu/~vpsa/

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently." ? Maya Angelou

 

Students - September 2014

Happy new year – new academic year, that is! To our newest students: welcome again to SF State! And to our returning students: we are glad you’ve come back to continue your educational pursuits.

I have the honor and privilege of serving as your Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management; shortly after I began my role here on May 1st, I was asked by President Wong to serve as the campus’ Title IX Coordinator and DHR Administrator. New federal laws went into effect in March 2014 which now require changes in university policy and practice to better promote gender equity and campus safety; a summary of these changes can be found on the American Council on Education’s website.

*SF STATE’S RESPONSE TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE*

SF State has a long self-stated commitment to issues of access, equity and inclusion, and our efforts to support Title IX fall in line with our core values. I have already sent emails to the staff and faculty asking for their support in cultivating a working and learning environment reflective of SF State’s core beliefs in social justice. Revised federal legislation and changes in university policy reinvigorate our obligation both to raise awareness of sex and gender discrimination, and of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as to promote a safer, more inclusive climate for all students, faculty and staff.

I encourage you to take the time to become familiar with the updated CSU Executive Order regarding SF State’s responsibilities relative to Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act. Please visit and bookmark http://titleix.sfsu.edu/ to learn more about these and other topics of note:

Two things in particular will be essential to observe as you review the above websites. First, all new/incoming students will need to complete required training on issues related to sexual harassment/sexual violence. Thank you to those who have already completed the Campus Clarity online program (an email was first sent to you over the summer). If you have yet to complete this program and this is your first semester at SF State, please do so ASAP.

Second, students should be aware that with only few exceptions, if they report or disclose an experience of sexual harassment/sexual violence to any SF State staff/faculty member, that staff/faculty member is required to *immediately* report allegations of sexual harassment/sexual violence to any of the following Title IX personnel:

Dr. Luoluo Hong, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Title IX Coordinator
Dr. Hong can be reached at (415) 338-7313 and at luoluo@sfsu.edu.

Dr. Mary Ann Begley, Interim Dean of Students & Title IX Senior Deputy Coordinator for Students
Dr. Begley can be reached at (415) 338-2032 and at begley@sfsu.edu.

Bryan Kauffman, Director of Faculty & Staff Labor Relations and Title IX Senior Deputy Coordinator for Employees & 3rd Parties
Mr. Kauffman can be reached at (415) 405-3672 and at bkauffma@sfsu.edu.

Katon Dalton, Interim Equity Programs & Compliance Manager
Mr. Dalton can be reached at (415) 338-2032 and at kdalton@sfsu.edu.

In addition, victims/survivors of sexual harassment/sexual violence who seek assistance and/or support from the following SF State programs can expect to have the confidentiality of their report maintained (except as otherwise required by law), as these staff/faculty are not mandated to report to the Title IX Coordinator or designee:

The SAFE Place
Location: Student Services Building, Room 208 | Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm (closed 12-1pm)
Phone: (415) 338-2208 | URL: http://www.sfsu.edu/~safe_plc/

Counseling & Psychological Services
Location: Student Services Building, Room 208 | Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm (closed 12-1pm)
Phone: (415) 338-2208 | URL: http://psyservs.sfsu.edu

*TOWARD A CAMPUS WITHOUT SEXUAL VIOLENCE*

I would like to challenge you as students to exercise your leadership and citizenship by doing your part in reducing sexual violence on campus (including sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking) and eradicating gender discrimination. By empowering yourself with educational resources on how to recognize, prevent, and respond to sexual violence and other behaviors inconsistent with our values, you can make a positive impact on the SF State community.

While men, women, and transgendered individuals are all at risk of becoming victims of sexual violence, the research shows that men comprise a disproportionately greater number of perpetrators. However, most men are not perpetrators! This means men have a key role to play in helping to promote gender equity by stepping up to end sexual violence. Men Can Stop Rape in Washington, DC, has been at the forefront of helping male college students make a difference on their campuses by “showing their strength” in different and positive ways. Check out some of their information sheets (Adobe Reader required) below:

It will take the collective, concerted effort of all SF State community members to end sexual violence. While victims are never to be blamed for a sexual assault, there are still proactive strategies that each SF State student can adopt to reduce one’s risk for being targeted. Please consider the following:

  • Effective communication is key when it comes to negotiating consent in sexual relationships. Be clear when you mean no and when you mean yes. When in doubt, ask your partner about their wishes.
  • At night, whenever possible, please walk with others to your car, to campus buildings, etc.
  • If you must walk alone at night, elect to use well‐lit walkways, busier streets, or high‐traffic pathways as much as possible.
  • When working or studying alone at night in an isolated location, be sure to let friends, family, roommates, etc., know both your whereabouts and your estimated time for returning home.
  • At a bar or party, avoid leaving your drink unattended or accepting drinks from individuals you do not know; when possible, only purchase or consume single‐serving beverages and ask the server to open the container in your view. This minimizes the possibility of “date rape” drugs being placed in your drink. And remember that alcohol is the most commonly used “date rape” drug!
  • Minimize alcohol consumption and avoid the use of mind‐altering substances to maximize the degree of self‐control and effective decision‐making you possess. The importance of this escalates when you are in public places or with individuals you do not know.
  • Trust your instincts: if you get that “sixth sense” that something doesn’t “feel” right or you are in danger, take immediate actions to get out of the situation or to safety ASAP, and then analyze (or apologize!) later.
  • If you observe parts of campus that might pose a safety concern, e.g., lighting is not working, please contact the SF State University Police Department by calling their 24-hour non-emergency number: (415) 338-7200.
  • Leverage modern technology to help promote personal safety; there are a variety of apps for iOS and Android platforms that can help you stay connected with friends and family in real‐time. One example is the award‐winning Circle of 6 app (visit http://www.circleof6app.com for info on downloading).
  • Statistics indicate that most victims are likely to be sexually assaulted or raped by somebody that they know; it’s important to remember that while we can’t go through life with our “armor” up all the time, it is prudent to regard safety as something that you should always be mindful of.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message in its entirety; it might be useful to save a copy in handy location on your computer for future reference. I truly hope you have an awesome Fall term! And, please remain on the lookout for additional communications throughout the year on this topic.

With Gator pride,
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Luoluo Hong, PhD, MPH, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management; Title IX Coordinator
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY | 1600 Holloway Avenue, SSB 403 | San Francisco, CA 94132
A: (415) 338-7313 | O: (415) 338-2032 | F: (415) 338-0900 | Email | Webpage | Facebook | Twitter / GO GATORS!

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently." ― Maya Angelou