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.

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 Code of Student 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.  Refer to Bystander Intervention and Risk Reduction Information for more details
  • 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. Refer to Bystander Intervention and Risk Reduction Information for more details
  • Raise awareness of 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.

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Primary Programming

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 Title IX Coordinator(s), 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. 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).
  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.

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

Employee Programs: Miami University offered the following primary prevention and awareness program for all new employees in 2020
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
Harassment Prevention  2020 Online SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Diversity and Inclusion 2020 Online B
Title IX and Discrimination Training: GA Orientaion 2020 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -

 

New Student Programs: Miami University offered the following primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students in 2020
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates July to October 2020 Online SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B

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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 Center for Diversity and Inclusion, 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 Initiatives  raises awareness and education through The Clothesline Project. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion 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 Title IX 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 Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion - Women*s Initiatives. 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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[Abbreviations for prohibitive behaviors in tables: SA- Sexual Assault; DoV- Domestic Violence; DaV- Dating Violence; S- Stalking; and prosocial behaviors in tables: C- Consent; HR- Healthy Relationships; B- Bystander]

Employee Programs: Miami University offered the following ongoing awareness and prevention programs for employees in 2020
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
Campus Security Authority Training for CSAs  2020 Online SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Prevention & Duty to Report: Resident Assistants  1/23/20 Shideler Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Campus Safety & Wellness Reminder for Faculty and Staff 1/24/20 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Campus Crime Reporting Notification Letter 1/24/20 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Prevention & Duty to Report: Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Workshop 2/28/20 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Duty to Report: Intergroup Dialogue Co-Facilitators 3/6/20 MacMillian SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Prevention & Duty to Report: ICA 3/9/20 Gross Center SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Duty to Report: Intergroup Dialogue Co-Facilitators 3/13/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -
HAVEN for Faculty and Staff 4/7/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Title IX and Discrimination Training: ORL professional staff 7/24/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Title IX and Discrimination Training: Geology Grad Assistants 8/12/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Campus Crime Reporting Notification Letter 8/21/20 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Campus Safety & Wellness Reminder for Faculty and Staff 8/18/20 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S C
Title IX and Discrimination Training: Resident Assistants 9/9/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Title IX and Discrimination Training: Psychology Faculty 9/18/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Title IX and Discrimination Training: Psychology Grad Assistants 9/25/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -
DEI Task Force Town Hall: OEEO Process 9/29/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and Consumer Information 9/30/20 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Duty to Report: e-sports 10/2/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -

 

Student Programs: Miami University offered the following ongoing awareness and prevention programs for students in 2020
Program Date Location Prohibitive Behavior Covered Prosocial Behavior Reinforced
It's On Us: Building a Culture of Respect 1/25/20 Farmer School of Business - C, HR, B
Making Valentines and Talking about Relationships 2/4/20 Miami Inn - HR
Sex in the Basement 2/6/20 Bishop Hall - C, HR
Sexual Violence Education 2/10/20 Withrow Hall SA, DaV -
Engaging in Classroom Dialogue on Men and Masculinties 2/10/20 Laws Hall SA C, HR, B
Healthy Relationships: Love Doesn't Hurt 2/11/20 Minnich Hall - HR
Sexual and Interpersonal Violence - Valentine's Day Gift Bags 2/12/20 Etheridge Hall SA, DaV, S -
Healthy Relationships 2/13/20 Pines Lodge DaV C, HR
Valentine's Day Hope Notes 2/16/20 McCracken Hall DaV -
Cookies and Consent 2/20/20 Presidents Hall - C
FYE Bystander Intervention 2/20/20 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
FYE Bystander Intervention 2/25/20 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
"Bae-Goals" Breakfast 2/25/20 McCracken Hall DaV HR
Spot the Issue 2/25/20 Stonebridge Hall SA, DoV, DaV -
BJs in Your PJs

3/11/20

Wells Hall - -
Bystander Intervention Video 4/21/20 Virtual - B
Bystander Intervention Statistical Infographic 4/22/20 Virtual - B
Bystander Intervention Article 4/22/20 Virtual - B
Graduate Student Prevention Presentation 8/12/20 Virtual DaV C, B
SIV Awareness and Prevention Campaign 9/1/20 Hamilton Hall SA, DaV HR
MARS New Member Education 9/8/20 Virtual  SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and Consumer Information 9/30/20 Email SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Sex Ed SIV Program 10/1/20 Presidents Hall - C
Sex Bingo 10/7/20 Virtual - C
BJs in Your PJs 10/9/20 Stonebridge Hall SA, DaV, S C
Safe Sex Kahoot 10/14/20 Virtual - C
Spill the Tea w/ Anondo 10/20/20 Virtual - C, HR
Pumpkin Painting and Healthy Relationships 10/20/20 Hillcrest Hall - HR
Let Love Grow 10/21/20 Bishop, Stoddard, Elliot Halls HR
Sex in the Basement 10/22/20 Virtual - C, HR
Title IX Resources and Reporting 10/24/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Sexual and Interpersonal Violence 10/29/20 Virual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Bae-Goals 11/5/20 Minnich Hall - HR
Women Helping Women: Sexual and Interpersonal Violence 11/11/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
Be Sweet on Social Media- Sexual and Interpersonal Violence All Hall Event 11/12/20 Virtual - C, HR, B
Sexual and Interpersonal Violence 11/17/20 Withrow Hall - HR
Title IX Resources and Reporting 11/18/20 Virtual  SA, DoV, DaV, S -
Behind the Post 9/9/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
9/24/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
9/25/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
9/30/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
10/1/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
10/2/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
10/4/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
10/6/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
10/7/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
10/9/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
10/14/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
10/21/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
10/23/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
11/18/20 Virtual SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR. B
 Greek StepUp! 2/16/20 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/16/20  Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/17/20 Upham Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/17/20 Phillips Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/17/20 Kreger Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/18/20 Harrison Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/18/20 Upham Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/18/20 McGuffey SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/19/20 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/24/20 Kreger Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/24/20 Phillips Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/24/20 Upham Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/26/20 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
2/27/20 McGuffey Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
3/1/20 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
3/2/20 Upham Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
3/2/20 Harrison Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
3/3/20 Upham Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
3/3/20 Harrison Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
3/8/20 Farmer School of Business SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
3/9/20 Harrison Hall SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B
3/9/20 Irvin SA, DoV, DaV, S C, HR, B


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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.

Students and others are encouraged to download Rave Guardian, a tool the university offers to have friends track you while you walk home, to contact university police via text and to have other safety resources at hand. Rave Guardian is downloadable for free from online app stores.

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:

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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 Students

  • Ms. Jaymee Lewis-Flenaugh, Assistant Director for the Center of Career Exploration and Success, is the University’s Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator for matters related to sexual violence. This includes sexual misconduct, sexual violence and sexual coercion of students. Ms. Lewis-Flenaugh 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 Students

  • Dr. Bennyce Hamilton, Regional Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Regional Students for matters related to regional campus student Title IX violations. This includes sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence, and sexual harassment. Dr. Hamilton may be reached at 513-785-3240 or hamiltbe@MiamiOH.edu. Regional Office Locations: 117 Rentschler Hall (Hamilton) | 144 Johnston Hall (Middletown)

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.

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Resources and Victims' Assistance Available to Students and Employees

 Miami has developed a Title IX Protocol for Students and a Title IX Protocol for Employees. These documents provide information about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and Immigration assistance and other services for victims with Miami and in the community. The Title IX Protocol for Students is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. 

Each year, the President sends an email to all employees notifying them of the Title IX Protocol for Employees. The Title IX Coordinator (for employees), Ms. Kenya Ash (ashkd@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-7157), the Deputy Title IX Coordinator (for students), Jaymee Lewis-Flenaugh (titleix@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-1870) and Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator (for regional campus students), Dr. Bennyce Hamilton (hamiltbe@MiamiOH.edu, 513-529-7157) provide victims with written notification regarding available assistance in changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations. This information is also included in the written Title IX Protocols for Students and Employees. 

Response Training

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

All Residence Life Staff, including professional staff and resident assistants, receive training on duty to report for purposes of the Clery Act, Title IX and to support 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).

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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.

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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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Release of Disciplinary Information

The Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), permit universities to disclose certain disciplinary information.

In cases of an alleged sex offense, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, in accordance with the Clery Act, both the complainant (and the alleged victim if different from the complainant) and the respondent(s) will be simultaneously notified, in writing, of the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings, the institution’s procedures for appeal and any change to the result.  If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph. The notification includes whether the respondent was found responsible and if so the sanction imposed.  Upon request, the alleged victim of a respondent(s) of an alleged crime of violence will be advised of the final results (whether the respondent was found responsible and if so the sanction imposed) of the disciplinary proceeding. If the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or sex offense as defined by FERPA, and is found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct, the University may disclose to any person the final results of University disciplinary proceedings (name of the student, section violated of the Code of Student Conduct, and sanction imposed).

The University may notify by email or regular U.S. mail the parents of students under the age of 21 who have been found responsible for violating the Code of Student Conduct regarding the use or possession of alcohol or drugs.

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Sexual Offender Registration

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteers services or is a student.

Under Ohio's Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORN) law, responsibility for the 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 or the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

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