Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Education, and Resources


Miami University takes safety of our students seriously. Miami strives to create an environment and culture that is safe for all community members and is respectful of all individuals. Sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and response is crucial to creating a safe, supportive, and healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff. This programming includes such topics as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Our programming starts with orientation in early summer for incoming students and their parents and extends into the first semester and beyond.

Prior to the Start of School

All first-time incoming students on all campuses are required to take Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault. This online education program is designed to use a population-level approach to educate all students on the issues associated with sexual assault and relationship violence, taking into account their unique perspectives and experiences. Students are required to complete this program by the first day of classes. To ensure all students complete the program, a hold is placed on their second semester registration.

All Residence Life Staff, including professional staff and resident assistants, receive training not only on responding to sexual and interpersonal violence but also on what resources are available for prevention, education, risk reduction, and awareness.

Orientation

For at least nine years, incoming students and families at orientation have seen two presentations focused on relevant student issues and concerns, including such topics as alcohol, sexual assault and interpersonal violence issues, inclusion, and respect. Both new students and their families see a student-created presentation and a Community Expectations presentation facilitated by the Dean of Students office and the Miami University Police, after which incoming students participate in peer discussions and parents/families have a question and answer session with the Dean of Students staff member. Both the student-created and staff-presented sessions engage new students and their families in conversations about alcohol and sexual and interpersonal violence and personal responsibility, in order to help all students avoid unsafe situations. New students also attend debriefings with staff and SOULS (Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders) on related topics relevant to college transitions. Since 2012, each new student also receives a wallet-sized emergency contact card, which lists the phone numbers, emails, and/or websites for university and community resources (e.g., local rape crisis/domestic violence hotline, local hospital, university Student Counseling Service, university police).

In 2014, the Dean of Students office updated the Community Expectations presentation, which educates parents and students regarding sexual and interpersonal violence and alcohol. This section now includes more specific information regarding the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution, Title IX requirements, protocol for addressing and reporting offenses, consequences for violations, and statistics about campus-related crimes. In addition, every student and family received a handout regarding Title IX, confidential resources, non-confidential resources, prevention, education, and student organizations dedicated to preventing sexual and interpersonal violence. Miami Police, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, and/or other administrators are on hand to answer questions regarding community expectations and safety. Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) continue to facilitate small group discussions with new students after the Community Expectations session, and all new students continue to receive emergency contact cards with important contact numbers. Our efforts are designed make it clear that the University takes sexual and interpersonal violence seriously and promise to treat those who report such crimes with respect and dignity.

Start of the School Year

Personal safety and responsibility are among reminders mentioned in the Dean of Students’ letter that is disseminated to all students before classes start each semester.

Programming is available upon request to student groups, classes, residence hall corridors, organizations, classes, and others throughout the year.

For off-campus students, volunteer employees and town residents perform walkabouts before classes start, personally delivering information that includes topics of safety and alcohol.

Miami University Police Department brings together multiple resources and support services in the form of a Campus Safety Fair in September. This fair is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Residence Hall Resources

Residence hall safety begins with the existence of resident advisors (RAs) on duty, electronic door locks, an escort policy, outside doors being alarmed and programmed to sound if they are propped open.

1) All residence life staff, including RAs and professional staff, receives information and training on sexual and interpersonal violence awareness, response, and resources, Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO), and Title IX and Clery Act reporting obligations. The Behind Closed Doors activity involves a number of scenarios related to these issues, and staff from Miami University Police Department, Student Counseling Services, and the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator assists in this training.

2) All staff and students received electronic information that includes information about sexual and interpersonal violence prevention as well as how to file a complaint and what to expect from the university.

3) RAs speak with students in their corridors at the start of every year about issues of campus safety (e.g., “if you see something, say something”, not walking alone) and resources availability.

4) 2,962 first year students went through the fire safety fairs held this year, at which Miami University Police Department has one of the stations where students stop to hear more information about all types of safety information regarding safety, resources, and services were made available to all students participating in the fair.

5) At least one, and often more, bulletin boards in each of the 42 residence halls provide information on safety regarding alcohol and/or sexual and interpersonal violence awareness and prevention.

6) The Residence Hall Association has done its annual lighting/walking check this fall. A small group of students/staff accompanied the residence life director and representatives from physical facilities.

7) When RAs are on duty and safety issues or concerns are brought to their attention they are trained to respond safely and effectively to all reports, including incidents of sexual and interpersonal violence.

Ongoing Programming

Miami provides a variety of prevention programming including: prevention, awareness, advocacy, risk reduction, bystander, initiatives, campaigns, and others. By offering a variety of programs, Miami strives to create an environment and culture that is safe for all community members and is respectful of all individuals as we work together to respond to and prevent sexual and interpersonal violence.

Campus Wide-Initiatives

As part of our ongoing programming, Miami has several ongoing campus wide-initiatives that unify programs, departments, and campuses.

It’s On Us

  • Launching in the spring of 2015, Miami is joining with national and state efforts partnering in the It’s On Us campaign.
  • It’s On Us is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault.
  • It’s On Us is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. We are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a residence hall, a party, a club, or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

I Am Miami

  • Based on Miami’s Code of Love and Honor, “I am Miami” is the phrase we use to define the culture to which we aspire and who we are as Miamians. Our students are encouraged to reflect on the important individual choices they make at Miami, choices that extend far beyond academics (and academic integrity) and into other dimensions of wellness and personal responsibility that have huge implications for both their short term safety and their long run success.
  • Born of the Task Force for the Prevention of Sexual Assault, I Am Miami defines Miami as a community that cares for each other and our community.
  • This University Campaign is designed to provide an opportunity for every member of the community to discuss and embrace a culture of respect, inclusion, care, and personal responsibility.

Step Up!

  • The Division of Student Affairs, through the Office of Student Wellness, has begun offering bystander intervention training to student groups including Greek organizations to make students aware of the importance of safely and effectively intervening when they see dangerous or unacceptable behavior.
  • Miami is in the process of rolling out Step Up!, which is based on a national program adopted by more than 120 colleges and universities nationwide. It has demonstrated success in helping students feel empowered to act and giving them a specific process and resources to intervene in a safe, early, effective way in situations that could endanger the health and safety of others. Miami has already received emails and correspondence from students who have shared powerful stories about using what they’ve learned in earlier training sessions to help someone. Pilot training programs have been conducted with Greek student organizations and athletes, with requests now coming in from other student organizations and classes to present StepUp!

Peer Education

HAWKS Peer Health Educators

  • Miami’s Health Advocates for Wellness Knowledge and Skills (HAWKS) Peer Health Educators – provide programing on healthy relationships, safe sex, sexual and interpersonal violence and other wellness topics throughout the year. The mission of HAWKS is to actively engage students to consider important issues related to their health and wellness by presenting factual, relevant information that encourages them to honestly, realistically, and thoroughly reflect on their lifestyle and to help them make free and healthy choices. Requested programming includes: “Sex in the Basement,” “Sexperts,” Understanding Sexual and Interpersonal Violence,” and “Can I Kiss You: Date Safe Project.”

MARS

  • Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS) is a student organization which began in the 2001-2002 school year to address rape as a men's issue. They are a group of men from many different areas of campus life who share a common belief. MARS states violence against women, specifically sexual violence, has negative implications for all of society regardless of gender and sexual violence against women is also a men’s issue. MARS main goals are to educate men on the seriousness of the issue, and inform them of ways to prevent it.

WAVES

  • Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault (WAVES) is a group of women with a goal to promote awareness and education to the Miami community surrounding rape, sexual assault, and sexual violence. That goal is accomplished through large and small campus events, peer programming, and victim support. We strive to challenge the Miami community to consider the effects of sexual and interpersonal violence on both an individual level and on our scholastic community. In working towards that end, WAVES is concerned with promoting gender equality, autonomy, integrity, and an awareness of cultural bias that perpetrate the acceptance of this crime. WAVES also aims to provide a refuge and resources to those who have previously been affected by sexual and interpersonal violence.

Advocacy and Awareness

  • The Miami Women’s Center, in addition to providing a welcoming, safe space for all genders and a space for learning about women's and gender issues, offers many resources and programming. Annually, the Women’s Center raises awareness and education through The Clothesline Project. The Women’s Center provides a protocol for interns to respond to calls or walk-ins related to sexual and interpersonal violence, for the last two years this intern protocol has been reviewed by the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
  • Miami University Police will speak to student corridors or groups about personal safety and offer fee-based self-defense classes.
  • Miami Men and Masculinities Committee focuses on raising awareness and creating discussion regarding healthy masculine identities. This committee has sponsored town hall meetings on campus with invited speakers to discuss identity development and challenge hegemonic masculinities.

Clothesline Project

  • Address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for individuals affected by violence to express and empower themselves by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. This event is part of Domestic Violence Awareness month and Sponsored by the Women’s Center.

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes

  • International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event is an opportunity for all genders to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediation to violence. This event typically occurs once an academic year, either in April as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month or October as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Take Back the Night

  • Take Back the Night is a march against rape and sexual assault meant to empower the women of Miami University. Before the march, The F Word facilitates Speakouts which allow students, faculty, staff, and community members to share their story (if they wish) in a small group setting. This event occurs once per academic year and is sponsored by The F Word.

Warm and Fuzzy

  • Warm and Fuzzy is a social marketing awareness campaign about what makes relationships good and how to identify red flags. This campaign is sponsored by HAWKS.

Denim Day

  • Denim Day occurs in Sexual Assault awareness month where individuals are encouraged to wear denim to raise awareness that it doesn’t matter what someone is wearing, sexual assault is a crime and never the fault of the victim

One Billion Rising

  • For the first time in 2014, Miami University WAVES sponsored One Billion Rising, a global call to survivors of violence and those who love them, on the Oxford Campus. On this day, WAVES provided information and awareness materials to the community regarding sexual and interpersonal violence.

Targeted Audiences

Athletics

  • Intercollegiate athletics provides sexual and interpersonal violence awareness, prevention, and risk reduction sections within our KNH112 class for freshmen student-athletes, led by Dr. John Ward (adviser for MARS - Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault) and Rebecca Getson (adviser for WAVES - Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault).
  • Every team meets with MARS and WAVES annually for more specific programming geared toward that team’s specific needs, be it alcohol education, identifying risk-taking behaviors, counseling, etc.
  • Every team meets with our NCAA compliance staff at the beginning of the year for NCAA rules education, and we also provide education on resources regarding where to go and who they can talk to, both confidential and non-confidential.
  • The athletic academic support staff office displays materials for sexual and interpersonal violence awareness and resources in the lobby area for student-athletes and staff.

Greek

  • Greek sororities and fraternities must adhere to adapted risk management strategies including that “No fraternity, sorority, or council will tolerate nor condone any form of sexist or sexually abusive behavior on the part of its members, whether physical, mental, or emotional. This is to include any actions that are demeaning to women or men, such as verbal harassment. The chapters and councils will not tolerate sexual assault in any form.” All chapters must educate and instruct their members on the risk management policy and face fines or other sanctions if they violate the policy.
  • In 2014, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Assault presented information at the Greek President/Risk Management training regarding Title IX response, resources, and investigations.

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Sexual Assault Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Awareness Programs

Miami University engages in comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programming intended to respond to and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking that:

  • Is culturally relevant, inclusive of diverse communities and identities, sustainable, responds to community needs, and is informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcome
  • Considers environmental risk and protective factors as they occur to the individual, relationship, institutional, community, and societal levels

Educational programming consists of primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees and ongoing awareness and prevention campaigns for students and employees that:

  • Identify sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as prohibited conduct.
  • Define using definitions provided by the Department of Education, state law, and/or Code of Conduct, what behavior and actions constitute consent to sexual activity in the State of Ohio and explain consent using the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Provide a description of safe and positive options for bystander intervention. Bystander intervention means safe, effective, and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of harm, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, evaluating the situation and options, and deciding what intervention is appropriate.
  • Describe risk-reduction options. Risk reduction means options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction, and to increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety and to help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence.
  • Raise awareness of the prohibitive behavior and/or consent and healthy relationships. Awareness programs are those programs that raise awareness of the various offenses, behaviors, and/or prosocial behaviors in regards to prevalence, statistics, normative information, options, resources, services, or other areas of interest/concern.
  • Encourage primary prevention. Primary prevention programs are designed to prevent an offense from occurring. Such programs could include information regarding consent, healthy relationships, and positive prosocial behavior.
  • Connect with Miami’s ongoing prevention awareness campaign. The ongoing prevention awareness campaign is a unifying, continuing theme with the goal of preventing and raising awareness of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.; Miami’s campaign was discussed and developed in 2013 and 2014, with implementation of the ongoing campaign in fall 2014.

Miami University has developed an annual educational campaign consisting of presentations that include distribution of education materials to new students; participating in and presenting information and materials during new employee orientation.

[Abbreviations for prohibitive behaviors in tables: SA- Sexual Assault; DoV- Domestic Violence; DaV- Dating Violence; S- Stalking; C- Consent; HR- Healthy Relationships; B- Bystander]

Employee Programs: Miami University offered the following primary prevention and awareness program for all new employees in 2014–15
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
Resident Assistant New Hire Training 01/23/14 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Behind Closed Doors 01/24/14 McGuffey Hall SA C
SOUL Training 05/20/14 Shriver Center SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Residence Life Professional Staff Training 07/25/14 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Residence Life Professional Staff Training—Behind Closed Doors 08/07/14 Etheridge Hall SA C
Residence Life Resident Assistants Training

08/13/14

Farmer School
of Business
SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Residence Life Resident Assistants Training—Behind Closed Doors 08/18/14 Residence Hall SA C
HAWKS Training for Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Education 09/24/14 Health Services Center SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR
MUPIM 3.6: Policy for Preventing Harassment and Discrimination Training February 14, June 28, August 13 and 20, and September 22, 2014 Armstrong Student Center; Various; Farmer School of Business; Housing/Dining SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Duty to Report April 21 and 24, September 17, and October 7, 2014 MUPD and Enrollment Management and Student Success SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Council of Academic Deans Title IX Reporting Obligations 09/17/14 Oxford Campus SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Employee Programs: Miami University offered the following ongoing awareness and prevention programs for employees in 2014
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
Diversity Training April 21 and 24, 2014 Gross Center SA, DoV, DaV, S -
OESCR Officer Training—Part 1 for Sexual Misconduct Various Warfield Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
OESCR Officer Training—Part 2 for Physical or Other Mental Abuse or Harm Various Warfield Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
HAVEN Online Education Presentation/Discussion November 5 and 6, 2014 Middletown and
Hamilton Campus
SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Athletic Team Coaches Training 08/25/14 Millett Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S -
New Student Programs: Miami University offered the following primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students in 2014
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
Orientation—Community Expectations June 2014 Armstrong Student Center SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Miami University Hamilton Orientation Information Fair July 2014 Hamilton Campus SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Miami University Middletown Orientation Information Fair July 2014 Middletown Campus SA, DoV, DaV, S -
HAVEN: Understanding Sexual Assault Pre-matriculation (July/August) Online SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Student Programs: Miami University offered the following ongoing awareness and prevention programs for students in 2014
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
Title IX Education and Awareness Program (Havighurst Residence Hall) Various—December 2013/January 2014 Shriver—Heritage Room SA, DoV, DaV, S C
WAVES—Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Presentation 05/05/14 Women's
Basketball
SA, DoV, DaV, S C
03/19/14 Women's Cross
Country/Track
SA, DoV, DaV, S C
04/28/14 Women's Field
Hockey
SA, DoV, DaV, S C
04/21/14 Women's Soccer SA, DoV, DaV, S C
04/25/14 Women's
Softball
SA, DoV, DaV, S C
04/28/14 Women's 
Skating
SA, DoV, DaV, S C
04/24/14 Women's Swimming
& Diving
SA, DoV, DaV, S C
04/28/14 Women's Tennis SA, DoV, DaV, S C
05/08/14 Women's 
Volleyball
SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Women and Gender Studies: Sexual Assault Awareness 04/12/14 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Coffee House Lecture 03/18/14 Stoddard/Elliott
Hall
SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR
Academic Success and Wellness Day 02/05/14 Tabling Event SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Board of Trustees 02/06/14 Gross Center SA, DoV, DaV, S -
One Billion Rising 02/14/14 Central Quad SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Dear Sister, Author Lisa Factora Borchers Visit 03/20/14 Armstrong Student
Center
SA C, HR
Denim Day 04/23/14 Central Quad SA -
Air Force ROTC Briefing 08/28/14 Upham Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
WAVES Wellness Table 09/15/14 Slant Walk SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Campus Safety Fair 09/18/14 Armstrong Student Center SA C
Criminology Course Presentation 09/23/14 Upham Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
RAINN Day 09/25/14 Central Quad SA C
Clothesline Project October 1, 2, and 3, 2014 Central Quad SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Walking Theatre Project Discussion Group 10/09/14 Art Building SA, DoV, DaV, S C
DV Awareness: What Can You Do 10/15/14 Johnston Hall DoV, DaV C
Walk-A-Mile Awareness Event 10/17/14 Cook Field SA, DoV, DaV C
Intro to Women Studies, SIV Education 10/21/14 Benton Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR
Sexual Assault Awareness Teach In 10/22/14 Cook Field SA, DoV, DaV C
"Sin by Silence" Film Screening 10/22/14 King Library DoV, DaV -
Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Panel, Miami University Hamilton 10/27/14 Wilks Conference
Center
DoV, DaV -
"Black and Blue" Book Discussion 10/29/14 King Library DoV, DaV -
Native American Women 11/06/14 Culler Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Miami University Marching Band SIV and Harassment Reporting 11/18/14 Presser Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
RAINN DAY Display 11/20/14 Armstrong Student Center SA C
Sex in the Basement Peer Education 02/12/14 Swing Hall SA C, HR
02/12/14 Scott Hall SA C, HR
03/16/14 Dorsey Hall SA C, HR
04/01/14 Thomson Hall SA C, HR
03/05/14 Bishop Hall SA C, HR
03/19/14 Mary Lyon Hall SA C, HR
04/13/14 Richard Hall SA C, HR
09/16/14 1st year hall SA C, HR
09/21/14 1st year hall SA C, HR
09/28/14 1st year hall SA C, HR
10/13/14 1st year hall SA C, HR
10/21/14 1st year hall SA C, HR
10/29/14 Sophomore hall SA C, HR
11/04/14 1st year hall SA C, HR
11/17/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR
11/17/14 1st year hall SA C, HR
11/18/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR
11/19/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR
11/20/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR
Step Up! Bystander Education Program 04/06/14 Oxford Campus SA C, HR, B
04/21/14 Upham Hall SA C, HR, B
10/20/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
10/20/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/20/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/21/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
10/21/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/21/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/22/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
10/22/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/22/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/23/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
10/24/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
11/03/14 KNH 112 SA C, HR, B
11/11/14 EDL 151 SA C, HR, B
11/11/14 Sigma Nu
Fraternity
SA C, HR, B
11/23/14 Student
Athletes
SA C, HR, B
11/12/14 1st year hall
(Men)
SA C, HR, B
10/20/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
10/21/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
10/22/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
10/23/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
10/24/14 EDL 110 SA C, HR, B
11/11/14 EDL 151 SA C, HR, B
11/12/14 1st year hall
(Men)
SA C, HR, B
11/03/14 KNH 112 SA C, HR, B
11/11/14 Sigma Nu
Fraternity
SA C, HR, B
11/23/14 Student Athletes SA C, HR, B
10/20/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/20/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/21/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/22/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/22/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
10/21/14 UNI 101 SA C, HR, B
Sex and Alcohol 03/19/14 Dorsey Hall SA C
Sexual Assault 03/19/14 Dorsey Hall SA C
Healthy Relationships 04/10/14 Richard Hall - HR
04/30/14 McBride Hall - HR
Personal Safety and Accountability 04/06/14 Richard Hall SA C
Sexual and Interpersonal Violence—HAWKS Peer Education 11/12/14 Tappan Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, B
11/20/14 Softball Team SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
11/21/14 Men's Track
Team
SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Sexperts Peer Education Program 09/15/14 Sophomore hall - C, HR
09/18/14 1st year hall - C, HR
CHOICES—For New Greek Members February 25, 27, and 28, March 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, and 18, and April 7 and 8, 2014 McGuffey Hall and Farmer School
of Business
- C, B
Two programs each: February 24, March 1, 8, and 15, and April 9, 2014 McGuffey Hall and Farmer School
of Business
- C, B
Safer Sex 10/19/14 Women's Center SA C
Vagina Monologues February 27 and 28 and March 1, 2014 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR


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Online Resources

Miami maintains advice, resources, and reports related to sexual and interpersonal violence and other personal crimes on Campus Safety and Security, which has several links to emergency information, definitions, statistics, an acquaintance rape resource guide, and more.

Included in Miami University’s mobile app, the Just In Case App provides information to students who are concerned about themselves or a friend who might be at risk.  This app is s customized for Miami and offers strategies for how to approach or interact with a friend who you might be concerned about, as well as emergency information and resources in the area. The app can be downloaded if you go to http://codu.co/aca32c on your smart phone.

Miami University Police Department maintains Promises to Victims of Crime, including the promise to treat sexual assault victims with courtesy and dignity and spell out what happens when they report a crime.

Every year Miami reviews and updates the Title IX Protocol, formerly Sex-Based Offense Protocol.  This Protocol is designed to provide a guide for the University’s response efforts, including an explanation of confidentiality, adjudication, definitions, accommodations, and etc.

Links to online resources:

Staff and Faculty Assistance

University officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities are designated as Campus Security Authorities. They are responsible for reporting of a crime of which they become aware, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, to the Miami University Police Department immediately.

Miami’s Institutional Response Team (IRT) meets to plan and test safe practices for students and employees. The IRT alerts the community to personal crimes including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

A variety of faculty teaches gender studies courses.

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Title IX Efforts

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in higher education.  Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Coordinators

Title IX Coordinator

  • The University’s Title IX Coordinator is Ms. Kenya D. Ash, Director of the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity, Hanna House, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056. Ms. Ash may be reached at 513-529-7157 or ashkd@MiamiOH.edu.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Sexual Assault

  • Ms. Rebecca Getson, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, is the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for matters related to sexual violence. This includes sexual misconduct, sexual violence and sexual coercion of students. Ms. Getson may be reached at 104 Health Services Center, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, 513-529-1870 or getsonra@MiamiOH.edu.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics

  • Ms. Jennifer A. Gilbert, Associate Athletic Director / Senior Woman Administrator / Director of NCAA Compliance is the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for matters related to equality of treatment and opportunity in Intercollegiate Athletics. This includes athletic financial assistance, accommodation of interest and abilities and equity of athletic program benefits. Ms. Gilbert may be reached at Millett Assembly Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, 513-529-3113 or gilberj2@MiamiOH.edu.

Task Force

Miami created a Task Force for the Prevention of Sexual Assault that was charged with soliciting input and crafting steps to be taken to address climate related issues connected with sexual assault & violence. This Task Force issued several recommendations that are now being utilized to enhance sexual assault awareness, prevention and response efforts; including the creation of a standing Committee on Prevention and Response to Sexual Assault that will start meeting this fall.

Response Training

Title IX Coordinators, Deputies, and Investigators receive regular training to maintain expertise and continuing education.

All Residence Life Staff, including professional staff and resident assistants, receive training on duty to report for Clery and Title IX purposes and supporting survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence.

Miami University Student Orientation Undergraduate Leaders (SOULs) receive yearly training prior to Orientation to appropriately address, report, and lead discussions regarding sexual and interpersonal violence.

The university’s hearing board officers and members receive specialized training on sexual and interpersonal violence (including sexual assault/misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking).

Supportive Services

Miami’s Student Counseling Services in Oxford and Counseling Services on the regionals provides confidential support for victims of assault, including emergency counseling available 24 hours a day through Miami University Police dispatch.

In 2014, Miami University and Women Helping Women created and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve services, support, and education in relationship to sexual and interpersonal violence.  Women Helping Women provides confidential support for survivors of sexual assault.

Student Health Services provides confidential outpatient care all eligible students.  Services include general medicine and injury care, gynecology, immunizations, laboratory and pharmacy.  The goal of Student Health Services is to provide both medical care and education that supports a healthy college experience.

Miami University, the City of Oxford, Miami University Police, and Oxford Police annually review and sign a Law Enforcement Mutual Assistance Agreement.

Safety-Related Transportation

We remind students throughout the year to take action to return them home safely from uptown Oxford and beyond.

Miami's BCRTA SafeRide provides a safe escort for persons travelling alone during evening hours, operating until 3 a.m. Monday–Saturday nights and until 1 a.m. Sunday night. Students can call BCRTA at (513) 785-5237 or toll-free (855) 42-BCRTA for this service.

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Sexual Offender Registration

Under Ohio's Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORN) law, responsibility for registration of sexual predators has been assigned to the sheriff's office. For information concerning the presence of registered sex offenders, visit the Butler County Sheriff's Office at http://www.butlersheriff.org/general-info/sex-offender-info/.

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