It’s been 273 days, and Penn still hasn’t taken steps to address sexual harassment.
On March 13th, 2018, Provost Wendell Pritchett emailed the Penn community with the following promise:
“Creating a campus free of sexual violence and sexual harassment is one of Penn’s highest priorities. As we continue to review our initiatives to ensure that they reflect best practices, we would like to learn more about how members of the Penn community experience our procedures specifically related to sexual harassment, how you suggest those procedures could be made more effective and equitable, and what you believe are the best practices among our peer universities.”
Pritchett then asked the community to provide his office with our feedback. Luckily for him, GET-UP had already provided him a list of recommendations on March 5th, 2018, based on many conversations with people who directly or indirectly experienced Penn’s sexual harassment and assault reporting structures.
We are still waiting to hear from the Provost’s office a) what type of feedback they received, b) how they are modifying their systems and structures to better support students going through this terrible process, and c) how they are ensuring that there are stronger mechanisms for accountability and protection for grad workers facing these incidents. This clock lets us know how many days it’s been since Provost Pritchett made this promise. Although he claims it’s a priority, this clock would indicate otherwise. Want to help put pressure on the Penn administration? Join us.
We are GET-UP!