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SMTD Climate

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is committed to fostering a culture of academic and artistic excellence that is safe, equitable, and inclusive for all students, faculty, and staff. Over the past year, SMTD has taken major steps to prevent and address sexual misconduct and create a positive culture by hosting educational sessions and symposia, making physical adaptations  to our facilities, and updating access policies, along with other changes.

 

Timeline of Actions


  • SMTD develops goals to strengthen efforts related to sexual misconduct on campus including alignment with the University’s new protocols.
  • SMTD creates the Faculty & Staff Allies Network (FASAN), a volunteer group charged with organizing events and trainings about sexual misconduct issues that may be unique to SMTD.
  • SMTD creates a Faculty Task Force to look at teaching and learning practices within the School.
  • SMTD hosts a forum for students to voice their concerns about sexual misconduct on campus and to share their ideas for new programs to bolster understanding, accountability, and compliance with U-M sexual misconduct policies. Representatives from the U-M Dean of Students, the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), and the Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC) serve on a panel during the forum.
  • SMTD hosts a training for faculty, staff, and students, led by the U-M Division of Public Safety & Security, titled “Sexual Violence: Recognize, Report, and Prevent.”
  • SMTD hosts a training for faculty and staff titled “Minors on Campus.”
  • A representative from the Office of Institutional Equity gives a presentation about sexual misconduct at the fall faculty meeting.
  • FASAN begins working with the U-M Office of Organizational Learning to develop sexual misconduct videos and trainings specific to the unique teaching environment of SMTD. The process includes holding focus groups with students, faculty, and staff who provide input.
  • The Department of Theatre & Drama holds three new mandatory events for faculty and students presenting intimacy and costume shop protocols. Additionally, they develop and disseminate new “Necessary Intimacy and Mutual Respect Guidelines” and an accompanying video.

  • The University of Michigan creates a mandatory faculty and staff training to strengthen efforts around sexual misconduct. The FASAN group helps provide ideas and feedback for the training prior to its launch.
  • FASAN organizes a community symposium titled “Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Awareness & Prevention in the Performing Arts” that features guest experts and student performances.
  • The Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR) and the Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC) hosts the “SMTD Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct Circle Process,” a series of gatherings designed to bring SMTD students together to express their feelings and concerns about sexual and gender-based misconduct. No SMTD staff or faculty are in attendance in order to support open expression.

  • With Provost’s Office support, SMTD reviews its buildings and spaces and decides to replace all faculty and staff office doors, as well as practice room and instrument storage/workroom doors with ones that include windows. The windows are consistent in size, completely transparent, wide enough to support broad room visibility, and low enough to support wheelchair height visibility. Card readers are also installed that secure the School’s buildings after hours.
  • SMTD revises its Moore building access policies to steer non-UM guests to the staff-monitored Brehm Pavilion entrance.

  • SMTD hires Giffen & Kaminski, LLC, a third-party law firm, to design, execute, and analyze a climate survey.
  • SMTD hosts two sessions of the training, “Disability Awareness and Universal Design for Learning.” This training introduces the experience of disability in higher education in a safe, interactive space.
  • Giffen & Kaminski interviews more than 50 faculty, staff, and SMTD leadership to develop a draft of the climate survey.
    The draft of the SMTD climate survey is shared with students, faculty, and staff for feedback before the survey is launched. Any feedback received remains confidential.
  • The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) and Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) hosts a training for faculty and staff titled “Responding to Disclosures & SAPAC Services.”

  • SMTD’s climate survey is finalized including an FAQ about confidentiality for respondents. The survey is launched via email on January 7, 2020 and remains open until January 24, 2020.
  • Giffen & Kaminski conducts an additional 55 in-person interviews on the SMTD campus of randomly selected students from each department to collect anecdotal data for the campus climate survey results.
  • Giffen & Kaminski reaches out to 36 survey respondents who requested follow-up contact to include their additional responses as anecdotal information in the climate survey results.
  • SMTD hires an Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Human Resources, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to bring DEI and climate-related issues into core strategy conversations for the School.
  • SMTD hosts a disability month event featuring guest artist Gaelynn Lea that includes a performance, lecture, and SMTD community dinner with Gaelynn Lea.
  • The event “Navigating and Advocating Queerness in the Performing Arts” is held and features an SMTD faculty panel in collaboration with the Spectrum Center.
  • FASAN hosts a meeting with OIE & SAPAC to develop additional training for SMTD and bring awareness to SMTD’s specific needs.
  • SMTD works with OIE and SAPAC to create an SMTD specific scenario-based workshop, titled “Culture of Respect Training for Faculty and Staff.”

  • SMTD receives the results of the climate survey.
  • SMTD begins developing plans to address the recommendations based on the climate survey results.
  • SMTD creates an online resource for students, faculty, and staff to review the analysis of the sexual misconduct and campus climate survey.
  • SMTD schedules town hall meetings with students, faculty, and staff to discuss the results of the climate survey and recommendations.

 

2020 Climate Survey

To inform the next phase of the School’s plans, SMTD launched a sexual misconduct and campus climate survey in January 2020. The results of this survey provide critical information about the experiences of students, faculty, and staff, and are being used to develop new programs and strategies to ensure that the School is a supportive environment for all to thrive.

The sexual misconduct and campus climate survey was conducted by a third-party law firm, Giffen & Kaminiski, LLC, based in Cleveland, Ohio. Utilizing interviews with SMTD community members, Giffen & Kaminski developed survey questions that were reviewed and finalized by SMTD students, faculty, and staff. The survey was launched on January 7, 2020 and remained open until January 24, 2020. Additional in-person interviews were conducted on the SMTD campus of randomly selected current SMTD students from each of the departments to collect anecdotal data for the sexual misconduct and campus climate survey.

Participation in the survey was voluntary and all responses are confidential. No identifying information will be shared with anyone within SMTD or elsewhere at the University.

The following documents outline the findings of the sexual misconduct and campus climate survey:

 

Next steps

SMTD has received the survey results and analysis and has made the information available online. Action plans are being developed and SMTD students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take an active role in the programs, trainings and other projects that are developed as part of the survey analysis.

SMTD’s next steps will be continually updated as new information and actions are developed to strengthen the School’s efforts around sexual misconduct prevention and awareness, and campus climate. Check back frequently for more information.

If you have questions about SMTD’s sexual misconduct and campus climate survey, email SMTDclimate@umich.edu

 

Frequently Asked Questions


The School of Music, Theatre & Dance launched a sexual misconduct and campus climate survey in January 2020 to inform the next phase of the School’s plans to prevent and address sexual misconduct and create a positive campus culture for all students, faculty, and staff.

The results of this survey provide critical information about the experiences of students, faculty, and staff, and are being used to develop new programs and strategies to ensure that the School is a supportive environment for all to thrive. You can review the results of the survey online as well as the guide SMTD has created based on the survey’s findings. [Links to the full report and the guide]

The sexual misconduct and campus climate survey was conducted by a third-party law firm, Giffen & Kaminiski, LLC, based in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Participation in the survey was voluntary and all responses are confidential. No identifying information will be shared with anyone within SMTD or elsewhere at the University.

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance followed the advice of University of Michigan leadership and best practices for conducting sexual misconduct and campus climate surveys of this nature at similar institutions. The sexual misconduct and campus climate survey was also conducted by an outside firm to ensure all responses remain confidential. 

All responses to the sexual misconduct and campus climate survey are confidential. No identifying information will be shared with anyone within SMTD or elsewhere at the University.

The results of the sexual misconduct and campus climate survey are available on the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s website. 

SMTD also shared the results directly with students, faculty, and staff via email. Town hall meetings to discuss the sexual misconduct and campus climate survey are scheduled for SMTD students, faculty, and staff in July 2020.

The results of this survey provide critical information about the experiences of students, faculty, and staff, and are being used to develop new programs and strategies that will be launched beginning in Summer 2020. Additionally, survey recommendations will be incorporated in the forthcoming revision of the SMTD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

SMTD students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take an active role in the programs, trainings, and other projects that are developed as part of the survey analysis.

If you have questions about SMTD’s sexual misconduct and campus climate survey, email SMTDclimate@umich.edu

 

Sexual misconduct and campus climate resources