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Task Forces, Committees and Working Groups

Sexual Violence Culture and Climate Work Group

Virginia Tech’s Sexual Violence Culture and Climate Work Group was established by President Tim Sands in 2021 to advance the university’s commitment to end sexual violence and enhance preventative programming. Sexual violence and misconduct are unacceptable and defy the core values that guide the university’s strategic vision. President Sands charged the work group to develop a framework for sustainable climate and cultural transformation that establishes sexual violence as a shared responsibility of the entire campus community. 

Climate Action Commitment

In 2019, President Tim Sands called for the renewal and revision of Virginia Tech’s Climate Action Commitment to ensure the university implements the most stringent climate and sustainability standards as Virginia Tech continues to grow and seeks to be a leader in environmental stewardship. The 2020 Climate Action Commitment builds upon a decade of university sustainability efforts and was approved by the Board of Visitors in March 2021.  

Task Force on the Future of Student Governance

Established by President Sands in fall 2020, the Task Force on the Future of Student Governance was charged with assessing the structure of student governance at Virginia Tech. The group, consisting of student leaders, faculty, and staff, worked in consultation with the President’s Committee on Governance to propose recommendations to increase effectiveness, participation, and inclusion among the university’s student governing bodies.

Based on the task force’s recommendations, Virginia Tech phased out the Student Government Association (SGA) and transitioned to an Undergraduate Student Senate (USS). The move aligns student governance with the university’s integrated governance model and increases undergraduate participation and accessibility in university decision-making. 

President’s Committee on Governance

The President’s Committee on Governance is an ad hoc committee charged with evaluating Virginia Tech’s existing shared governance system. The committee completed the first stage of its work in fall 2020, proposing a new system of shared governance based on the principles of representation, effectiveness, and equity. Virginia Tech’s University Council approved the framework in a joint resolution. The committee is working on drafting detailed plans to implement the new structure.

Title IX Policy Work Group

In May 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released new regulations governing how educational institutions are required to handle reports of sexual harassment and misconduct under Title IX. In response, President Sands established the Title IX Policy Work Group to review the regulations and propose recommendations consistent with new federal rules.

Comprising multiple campus stakeholders, including representatives from student and employee leadership organizations, the group worked diligently over the summer to develop a plan to bring the university into compliance in a way that aligned with Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community. The Executive Committee of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors adopted the work group’s recommendations during a special session on August 13, 2020.