Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Education, and Resources


Miami University takes the 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 the 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 interpersonal 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

Incoming students and families at orientation receive 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).

The Community Expectations presentation educates parents and students regarding sexual and interpersonal violence and alcohol. This section includes specific information regarding the Office of Community Standards, 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 to make it clear that the University takes sexual and interpersonal violence seriously and promises to treat those who report such crimes with respect and dignity.

Start of the School Year

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

First-year students attend "It is My Place", a theater-based program addressing sexual misconduct, bystander intervention, alcohol and other drugs, and bias language.

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.

The Miami University Police Department brings together multiple resources and support services in 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 assistants (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.
  2. On an annual basis, Residence Life staff, graduate assistants, and RAs engage in “Behind Closed Doors,” which is an interactive role-playing training experience that simulates “real life” scenarios related to issues involving sexual and interpersonal violence, Title IX, Clery Act, and OEEO.
  3. All residential students receive the “Staying Safe on Campus” information sheet, which includes tips for staying safe on campus, how to and when to contact the Miami University Police Department, as well as campus resources including: the emergency text messaging system, resources related to sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination, and the Just-in-Case App.
  4. On an annual basis, all staff and students receive electronic information from the Dean of Students that includes information about sexual and interpersonal violence prevention, as well as how to file a complaint and what to expect from the University.
  5. RAs review the “Staying Safe on Campus” information sheet in their first corridor meeting.
  6. 3,470 first-year students went through the Fire and Personal Safety Fairs held this year. In addition to participating in and debriefing the Great Escape, students interacted with Miami University Police Department officers, Oxford Fire Department firefighters, and life squad personnel, staff from the Office of Environmental Safety and Risk Management and HAWKS Peer Health Educators.
  7. Each residential unit is required to provide interactive programming on alcohol awareness (two programs in the fall semester and one in the spring) and sexual assault and interpersonal violence (one each semester).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 2,802 first-year students completed the online fire safety and active shooter training.
Employee Programs: Miami University offered the following primary prevention and awareness program for all new employees in 2017
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
Supporting Students: ORL SIV RA Training 1/18/17 Kreger Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
ORL Behind Closed Doors 1/20/17 SA C
Women Helping Women Advocate Training 4/10/17 Women Helping Women SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Promoting Student Success, Safety & Wellbeing 8/22/17 Marcum SA, DoV, DaV, S -
MUPIM 3.6: Policy for Preventing Harassment and Discrimination Training  2017 Online SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Duty to Report  2017 Online SA, DoV, DaV, S -
New Student Programs: Miami University offered the following primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students in 2017
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
HAVEN: Understanding Sexual Assault July to October 2017 Online SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
It IS My Place 8/27/17 Millett Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
NROTC Briefing 8/21/17 Millett Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, B

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 Life, through the Office of Student Wellness, offers bystander intervention training to student groups including fraternity and sorority organizations to make students aware of the importance of safely and effectively intervening when they see dangerous or unacceptable behavior.
  • Step Up!, 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. First-year students enrolled in University 101 receive Step Up! training as part of the course requirements, and new members in fraternities and sororities receive Greeks Step Up! training as part of new member education experience. Requests from other student organizations and classes to present Step Up! occur throughout the year.

Peer Education

HAWKS Peer Health Educators

  • Miami’s Health Advocates for Wellness Knowledge and Skills (HAWKS) Peer Health Educators provides programming 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”, “Can I Kiss You: Date Safe Project”, and "Escalation".

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.

PAVES

  • People Against Violence and Sexual Assault (PAVES)(formerly Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault) is a group of individuals 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, PAVES is concerned with promoting gender equality, autonomy, integrity, and an awareness of cultural bias that perpetuate the acceptance of this crime. PAVES 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. The event is considered confidential.

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. The event is considered confidential.

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 (Feminists Working on Real Democracy, a student group) facilitates speakouts that allow students, faculty, staff, and community members to share their stories (if they wish) in a small group setting. This event occurs once per academic year and is sponsored by The F Word. The event is considered confidential.

Denim Day

  • Denim Day occurs in Sexual Assault Awareness Month when 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

  • In 2014 and 2015, Miami University Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault sponsored One Billion Rising, a global call to survivors of violence and those who love them, on the Oxford Campus. At these events, WAVES provided information and awareness materials to the community regarding sexual and interpersonal violence. WAVES will sponsor One Billion Rising from time to time.

Targeted Audiences

Athletics

  • Intercollegiate Athletics provides sexual and interpersonal violence awareness, prevention, and risk reduction sections within its KNH112 class for freshmen student-athletes, led by HAWKS Peer Health Educators.
  • Every team meets with HAWKS 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 NCAA compliance staff at the beginning of the year for NCAA rules education, and trained staff 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.

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Social Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities 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.
  • HAWKS Peer Health Educators collaborate with fraternity and sorority leaders to provide Greeks Step Up!, a bystander intervention program for new members that looks at the topics of hazing, sexual violence, and drug & alcohol abuse.

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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, respond 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 unifying, continuing the 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 the 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 ongoing awareness and prevention programs for employees in 2017
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
ORL SIV Workshop 1/19/17 Shideler Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Office of Community Standards f.k.a(OESCR) 16/17 Training 1/9/17
2/9/17
Warfield Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Duty to Report - RAs 1/19/17 Kreger Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Campus Safety & Wellness Reminder for Faculty and Staff 1/23/17 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Campus Crime Reporting Notification Letter 2/3/17 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Book Discussion - Rose Marie Ward 2/3/17 Irvin Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Board of Trustees 2/16/17 Marcum Conference Center SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Campus Security Authority Training for CSAs  2017 Online SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Reporting / Responding to SIV 3/8/17 Psychology Building SA, DoV, DaV, S C
 "Difficult Conversations" Webinar 3/9/17 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Resource, Response, Referral 4/12/17 Phelps Hall - MUH SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Everfi Site Visit: Alcohol Edu & Haven Impact Reports 4/18/17 Marcum SA, DoV, DaV, S B
Resource, Response, Referral 4/20/17 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Duty to Report - SOULs 5/17/17 Farmer School Business SA, DoV, DaV, S -
OEEO Title IX Review Training 6/21/17 Roudebush Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
New Duty to Report - All Employees 6/30/17 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Duty to Report - ORL Pro Staff 7/26/17 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Campus Crime Reporting Notification Letter 8/21/17 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Office of Community Standards f.k.a(OESCR) Training 8/25/17
8/28/17
8/29/17
9/1/17
9/5/17
9/8/17
9/14/17
10/5/17
11/9/17
Warfield SA, DoV, DaV, S C
ORL Pro Staff: Title IX, Duty to Report, SIV Reporting, Supporting and Preventing 7/25/17 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C
ORL Resident Assistant Training 8/18/17 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
ORL Resident Assistant Optional Debrief 8/18/17 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Duty to Report - RAs 8/18/17 Farmer School Business SA, DoV, DaV, S -
ORL Behind Closed Doors 8/21/17 Beechwoods Hall SA C
Duty to Report - GAs 8/21/17 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Campus Safety and Wellness Reminder from IRT 9/6/17 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S C
It's on Us: Title IX Reporting and Supporting 9/13/17 Laws Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and Consumer Information 9/29/17 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Inclusion Symposium Presentation: In Their Shoes 10/13/17 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Statement to Miami University 11/7/17 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Student Programs: Miami University offered the following ongoing awareness and prevention programs for students in 2017
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
It's on Us: Monthly Scoop February 2017 Online - C, HR, B
Title IX / OEEO Training 2/2/17 Hughes Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Vagina Monologues 2/4/17-2/5/17 ASC, Wilks Theater SA, DoV, DaV C
Men of Miami Panel Discussion 2/8/17 McGuffey Hall - HR, B
Sexism, Stereotypes and the Gender Binary 2/10/17 McGuffey Hall SA C, HR
SIV Program 3/13/17 Thomson SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
SIV Program 3/31/17 Hillcrest Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Take Back the Night 4/4/17 ASC and Uptown SA B
Battle of the Bands 4/6/17 ASC B
Safer Sex Fest 4/6/17 ASC SA C, HR
IOU Week: Jane Doe No More 4/11/17 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
IOU Week: Escalation Workshop 4/12/17 Bachelor Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
IOU Week: Spoken Word 4/13/17 Pearson Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
IOU Week: I am Miami, I Set Up! 4/13/17 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C, B
IOU: Art as Expression 4/14/17 ASC SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
It's on US & SIV to RA's 8/18/17 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Panel Discussion about Sex Trafficking 9/18/17 Psychology Building SA C, B
Campus Safety Fair 9/21/17 ASC - B
Film: Very Young Girls 9/25/17 Psychology Building SA C, B
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and Consumer Information 9/29/17 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Clothesline Project 9/25/17-10/6/17 MUH SA, DoV, DaV, S -
10/2/17-10/4/17 MUM SA, DoV, DaV, S -
10/4/17-10/6/17 The Hub SA, DoV, DaV, S -
SIV & It's on Us Program 9/26/17 Stanton Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
SIV & It's on Us Program 10/3/17 Kreger Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
"The Mask You Live In" screening 10/3/17 McGuffey Hall - -
SIV Program 10/8/17 Hillcrest Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Taking it Personally: Why Gender Violence is an Issue for Men 10/16/17 Hall Auditorium SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Financial Empowerment Workshop 10/16/17 MUM - Johnston Hall DoV, DaV HR
Understanding Trauma 10/16/17 MUM - Johnston Hall DoV, DaV HR
Student Leadership Workshop with Dr. Jackson Katz 10/17/17 Shriver Center SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Escalation Workshop 10/17/17 Shideler Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
YWCA Candlelight Vigil 10/17/17 MUH DoV, DaV B
Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? 10/18/17 MUM - Johnston Hall - HR, B
Panel: Open Discussion 10/18/17 MUM - Johnston Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Let's Keep Talking: Town Forum on Sexual Assault 10/19/17 ASC SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
It's on Us: "The Hunting Ground" screening 10/20/17 ASC SA C, HR, B
Walk a Mile 10/22/17 Cook Field SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Sex in the Basement 2/12/17 Scott Hall - C, HR
9/17/17 MacMillan Hall - C, HR
9/14/17 Hillcrest Hall - C, HR
9/21/17 Wells Hall - C, HR
9/26/17 Flower Hall - C, HR
9/26/17 Hahne Hall - C, HR
9/27/17 Dorsey Hall - C, HR
9/28/17 Emerson Hall - C, HR
10/2/17 Dorsey Hall - C, HR
10/3/17 Swing Hall - C, HR
10/10/17 Stonebridge Hall - C, HR
10/11/17 Clawson Hall - C, HR
10/19/17 Emerson Hall - C, HR
10/20/17 Dennison Hall - C, HR
11/21/17 Upham Hall - C, HR
Why Our Actions Matter-Reducing Violence on Campus and in the Community 10/23/17 MUM - Johnston Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
SIV & It's on Us Program 10/26/17 MUH SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Event 10/26/17 MUM DoV, DaV 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 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 smartphone.

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 the Sex-Based Offense Protocol, and makes such protocol available electronically via the University’s policy library. 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.

As part of our continuing commitment to creating and maintaining One Miami that promotes responsibility, dignity, and respect for all members of our community, Miami University has made several important changes to our Policy Prohibiting Harassment and Discrimination, Title IX Protocol for Employees, and Title IX Protocol for Students. One of the most important changes requires all employees* to promptly report harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence beginning July 1, 2017.

*Those with a legal privilege of confidentiality and researchers may be exempted from reporting. For more information, please review the policy and protocols.

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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. Gabrielle Dralle, 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. Dralle may be reached at 104 Warfield Hall, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio 45056, 513-529-1870 or titleix@MiamiOH.edu.

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Regional Campus Students

  • Ms. Bennyce Hamilton, Regional Director of Diversity and Multicultural Services, is the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for matters related to regional campus student Title IX violations. This includes sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence, and sexual harassment. Ms. Hamilton may be reached at 117 Rentschler Hall, 1601 University Boulevard, Hamilton, Ohio 45011, or 144 Johnston Hall, 4200 N. University Boulevard, Middletown, Ohio 45042, 513-785-3283 or hamiltbe@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 and Committee

Miami University created a Task Force for the Prevention of Sexual Assault (see https://miamioh.edu/campus-safety/sexual-assault/task-force/index.html) 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 the Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Committee (SIVPR). SIVPR endeavors to meet at least once a semester.

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 (MOU) to improve services, support, and education in relation to sexual and interpersonal violence. This MOU has been updated annually. Women Helping Women provides confidential support for survivors of sexual assault.

Student Health Services provides confidential outpatient care for 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.

The university provides written notification to students and employees about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services available to victims both within the university and the community.

The university provides written notification to victims about options for and available assistance in, and how to request changes to academic, living, transportation and working situation or protection measures.

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.

BCRTA provides on-demand transportation for students and employees during late-night hours. Call BCRTA at 513-785-5237 or 855-42-BCRTA (toll-free) for hours of operation and to schedule service.  Students and employees who present a valid Miami University ID pay no fare to use the SafeRide service.

Typical hours of operation during fall and spring semesters: Monday-Saturday 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Sunday 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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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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