The round table discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at the Guam Legislature at 2 pm.
Guam – Speaker Judi Won Pat says she wants to start the dialogue with both the University of Guam and the Guam Community College about what policies are in place to protect their students from sexual harassment, misconduct or assault.
As the oversight chair on Higher Education, Won Pat is holding a roundtable discussion this week with leadership at UOG and GCC. Won Pat explains that so far, UOG already has a proposed sexual misconduct policy that they will be presenting to the UOG Board of Regents this week and GCC is still in the process of coming up with a draft policy. Governor Eddie Calvo first sent a letter to Speaker Judi Won Pat in January asking her to look into UOG’s investigation into the alleged sexual misconduct case involving a professor and two of his students. Won Pat says she wants to make it clear that sexual harassment, misconduct, or assault are not tolerated. However, she says that the only thing she can do from the Legislature’s standpoint is to let the higher institutions know what their concerns are and make recommendations to their policies. Won Pat says the Governor’s Office and the Legislature were cited eight years ago for interfering with UOG operations and she does not want that to happen again.
She says, “I don’t want anyone to think that the Legislature would go in and impose anything against what the university has been empaneled to do based on their WASC accreditation. There shouldn’t be any interference from the Governor’s Office or the Legislature in terms of the governance and independence of our higher institutions. I encourage everyone out there if they ever felt if they were sexually harassed, please report it to the university, to myself, not to investigate but I would share at the university to let them know there are incidences and to please pursue this. Please report this to the police as well.”