UofI Academic Senate approves more funding for Women’s Resources Center

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The English Building at University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana (Wikimedia Commons)

The English Building at University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana (Wikimedia Commons)

URBANA — The University of Illinois Academic Senate has approved a proposal to increase resources for students and staff affected by sexual misconduct on Monday.

The News-Gazette of Champaign/Urbana reported that the Senate approved the measure by a vote of 111 to 1. The resolution urges the campus to hire more confidential advocates at the Women’s Resources Center. According to the newspaper, the center has two staff members for the whole campus. Funds were approved to fund two more hires.

From the News-Gazette:

Faculty supporters said more are needed, particularly advocates who have experience working with populations considered more vulnerable to sexual misconduct — international and undocumented students, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities or those from underrepresented groups. The resolution calls for placing advocates in cultural centers and other areas around campus to reduce any barriers that could keep people from seeking help.

Currently, the wait time to see an advocate is five to seven days, except in emergencies.

The resolution also urged more resources for staff dealing with sexual misconduct and the hiring of a ombudsperson to help survivors of harassment and assault, the News-Gazette reported.

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