The Threat Assessment Team is chaired by the director of Campus Safety and includes the vice president for student development, director of multicultural affairs, director of counseling services, and two faculty members appointed by the Faculty Executive Committee for a three-year term. The Threat Assessment Team will be convened whenever any member of the Team feels there are serious safety issues concerning an incident, on or off campus, involving members of the campus community. For more information, refer to the Undergraduate Student Handbook.
Grievance Procedures For Discrimination and Harassment Complaints
Faculty, staff, and students who want further information or assistance in discussing or filing a complaint of harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, carrier status, genetic predisposition, or any other protected status should contact any of the Human Relations Advisors. These advisors will assist in trying to resolve the problem informally and/or explain the steps of the formal grievance procedure. You may also contact the Director of Human Resources for assistance. The Student Handbook and HR Department sites provide more information regarding this policy and contact information.
Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention
Suggestions on how to avoid acquaintance rape
Know what you want sexually; set sexual limits; don't give mixed messages.
Trust your "gut feelings" about situations to avoid.
Be clear and responsible in your communications with others.
Be forceful, firm and assertive.
Be aware of nonverbal cues that can alert you to a problem.
In communicating your unwillingness to engage in an activity, reject the activity, not the person.
Remember that silence is not consent.
Don't assume the other person knows what you do or do not want.
Use the buddy system: Watch out for your friends.
Don't lose control. Alcohol and other drugs affect your judgment.
Avoid secluded places at the the beginning of relationships
Do not assume that if you are with a friend or an acquaintance nothing bad will happen.
Devise an action plan in advance for what you will do if confronted with a situation of possible acquaintance rape.
Remove yourself from the situation at the first sign that you are feeling controlled or unsafe.
Become comfortable with the idea that you may have to be "rude," make noise, yell, etc., to remove yourself from a possible acquaintance rape situation.
Do not worry about hurting the other person's feelings.
Suggestions related to date rape drugs
Never go to a bar, party, or social event alone.
Use the buddy system.
Do not leave your friends.
Get your own drink.
Watch your drink being poured and do not leave it unattended.
Don't drink from a large, open container, like a punch bowl.
Don't drink anything that has an unusual taste, especially a salty taste.
Don't share drinks. Warn others about high-risk situations.
Information on registered sex offenders
The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act set the requirements for sexual offender registration and community notification. The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders, already required to register in a State, to provide notice of each institution of higher education in the State at which that person is employed, carriers on a vocation, or is a student. This registration is to be made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions of higher education are located.
Institutions of higher education are required to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information, provided by the State concerning registered sex offenders, may be obtained. This will be a requirement within the institution's annual safety report, effective October 1, 2001.
The Act amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to clarify that nothing in the Act can prohibit an educational institution from disclosing information provided to the institution concerning registered sex offenders.