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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
As part of our ongoing programming, Miami has several ongoing campus wide-initiatives that unify programs, departments, and campuses.
Miami University engages in comprehensive, intentional, and integrated programming intended to respond to and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking that:
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:
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]
|Program||Date||Location||Prohibitive behavior covered|
|Duty to Report and Title IX Training||03/12–13/2013||King Library||SA|
|Title IX and MUPIM 3/6, Policy Prohibiting Harassment & Discrimination (SOULs/SAMs)||03/23/2013||Shriver||SA|
|MUPIM 3.6 Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination, Title IX, Duty to Report (Residence Life Professional Staff)||07/22/2013||McGuffey||SA, DoV, DaV, S|
|MUPIM 3.6 Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination, Title IX, Duty to Report (Residence Life Resident Assistants)||08/15/14||FSB||SA, DoV, DaV, S|
|Program||Date||Location||Prohibitive behavior covered|
|Residence Life professional staff training||08/06/13||McGuffey 322||SA, DoV, DatV, S|
|Campus Security Authority Notifications||05/15/2013||SA, DoV, DatV, S|
|Athletic team coaches training||09/03/2013||Millett Hall||SA, DoV, DatV, S|
|Office of Ethics and Conflict Resolution Disciplinary Board Training||09/12 & 9/20/2013||Warfield||SA, DoV, DatV, S|
|Behind Closed Doors- Residence Life Professional Staff||08/08/2013||Tappan Hall||SA, DoV, DatV, S|
|Miami Men and Masculinities Conference||05/19-21/2013||Shriver MPR||SA, DoV, DaV|
|University Employee Notification- MUPIM||08/05/2013||SA, DoV, DaV, S|
|Program||Date||Location||Prohibitive behavior covered||Prosocial behavior reinforced|
|New Student Orientation||June 4-26, July 1-3, 2013||Shriver MPR||SA, DoV, DatV, S||C|
|Resident Assistants Training||8/15/13||FSB||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C, HR|
|Behind Closed Door- Resident Assistant training||08/19/2013||Emerson/Tappan Hall||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C, HR|
|KNH 112- 1st Year Athletes||10/21/2013||FSB||SA, DoV, Da, V, S||C, HR|
|Air force ROTC training||08/29/13||Upham||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C|
|Title IX and MUPIM 3/6, Policy Prohibiting Harassment & Discrimination (SOULs/SAMs)||03/23/2013||Shriver||SA||C|
|HAVEN; Understanding Sexual Assault||Pre-matriculation (July/August)||Online||SA||C, HR, B|
|CHOICES- for Greek new members||Two programs each on Feb. 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 2013 and March 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 25, 26, 2013.||McGuffey Hall and FSB||-||C, B|
|Individual programs on March 29, April 6, Sept 20, Oct 3, Oct 6, Oct 7, Oct 27, and Nov 2||McGuffey Hall||-||C, B|
|Program||Date||Location||Prohibitive behavior covered||Prosocial behavior reinforced|
|Walk A Mile in Her Shoes||04/19/2013||Cook Field||SA||-|
|10/18/2013||Cook Field||SA, DoV, DaV||C|
|Clothesline Project||10/2-4/2013||the Hub (Seal)||SA, DoV, DaV, S||-|
|Warm and Fuzzy Awareness Campaign||October 2013—multiple days||the Hub||-||C, HR|
|February 2013||Shriver||-||C, HR|
|Take Back the Night||10/23/2013||Bystrom-Reid Room/Schiewetz Fine Arts Plaza||SA||C|
|Title IX Education and Awareness Program (Havighurst Residence Hall)||12/2/2013 and 12/3/2013||Shriver- Heritage Room||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C|
|Sex in the Basement Peer Education||2/12/2013||Swing Hall||SA||C, HR|
|2/17/2013||Scott Hall||SA||C, HR|
|3/16/2013||Dorsey Hall||SA||C, HR|
|3/5/2013||Bishop Hall||SA||C, HR|
|3/09/2013||Mary Lyon Hall||SA||C, HR|
|09/24/2013||AOPi ste & Symmes Hall||SA||C, HR|
|09/21/2013||Shideler 229||SA||C, HR|
|09/26/2013||Wilson Hall||SA||C, HR|
|09/30/2013||Dennison Hall||SA||C, HR|
|10/16/2013||Hahne Hall||SA||C, HR|
|10/28/2013||Alpha Xi Delta suite||SA||C, HR|
|10/22–24, 2013||McGuffey Hall||SA||C, HR|
|10/25/2013||117 McGuffey Hall, Tappan||SA||C, HR|
|Sexperts Peer Education Program||09/18/2013||Heritage Commons||-||C, HR|
|09/25/2013||Stanton Hall||-||C, HR|
|10/03/2013||Hamilton Hall||-||C, HR|
|10/04/2013||Wells Hall||-||C, HR|
|Can I Kiss You: Date Safe Project||02/06/2013||Farmer School of Business||SA, DoV, DaV||C|
|WAVES—Student Advocacy Group Training||
|Health Service Center||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C, HR, B|
|MARS—Student Advocacy Group Training||09/28/2013||Health Service Center||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C, HR, B|
|Women Center Interns||11/19/2013||Women’s Center||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C, B|
|Step Up Bystander Education Program||10/23/2013||Armstrong Student Center||SA||C, HR, B|
|11/13/2013||Laws Hall||SA||C, HR, B|
|Safety Fair||9/26/2013||Laws Drive||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C|
|Sex-Based Offenses, MU Protocol (KNH 243)||09/18 & 9/20/2013||Phillips Hall||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C, HR, B|
|Vagina Monologues||02/21/2013||Leonard Theatre||SA, DoV, DaV, S||C, HR|
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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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/.