The Creighton Students’ Union has announced two upcoming events in which students will have the opportunity to address their questions, concerns and comments regarding racial injustice, the coronavirus pandemic and Creighton’s new Title IX Sexual Harassment policy.

CSU is continuing the conversations about racial injustice and COVID-19 from their last Town Hall held in late July. “We understand students have unanswered questions,” Colby Austin, CSU President said.

Students will have the opportunity to hear from University leadership panelists and have their own questions answered and thoughts heard on these subject matters.

Austin said that it is important for CSU to hold events like this one because of how much these two topics have affected every member of the Creighton community.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly changed the way we learn from being remote this past spring to the regulations that surround being in-person now,” Austin said. “Racial inequality and injustice have been an ongoing conversation backed by a nationwide movement sparked from the death of George Floyd, and CSU wants to ensure we are doing our part to advocate for the inclusion and equity of every member of our community.”

CSU Town Hall: COVID-19 will be held on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. and CSU Town Hall: Racial Injustice will be held on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Both events will be virtual, and students can register on CU Involved.

On Aug. 14, Creighton implemented a new Title IX Sexual Harassment policy dictating how reports of sexual harassment (including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking) are investigated. According to CSU, this new policy is in response to regulations released by the U.S. Department of Education last May.

“Discussions surrounding these changes have circulated on social media and news outlets, and CSU has heard similar feedback from our Creighton community,” Austin said. “Students deserve to have their questions answered and their concerns heard.”

A student listening session regarding these changes will be hosted by CSU and the Office for Equity and Inclusion on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Students can register for this virtual event on CU Involved.

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