Charge to Mental Health & Sexual Assault (MHSA) Task Force
As our state’s land-grant public institution, it is imperative that we set an example in making sure our campuses take an active role in addressing sexual assault and mental illness and prompting a campus culture of respect, for students, faculty and staff. I am directing each campus to lead a comprehensive review of your campuses’ respective policies, training and procedures concerning the prevention and reporting of sexual assaults and the availability of mental health services. We must ensure that each of our campuses has the necessary resources to educate the campus community about sexual assault and prevention, as well as an effective process for reporting such incidents, plus adequate capacity to address mental health issues among our students, faculty and staff. Once we have done a complete examination of our policies and procedures on our campuses and identified any areas of need, I am pledging to make available any additional resources, including funding from the UM System budget, to our campuses to ensure that we are addressing this issue in the appropriate manner. As representatives appointed by your chancellor, I am asking you to also volunteer new ideas and new investments that are necessary to ensure the safety of our students.
Timothy M. Wolfe
Former President, University of Missouri System
January 29, 2014