Sexual Assault Prevention Advisory Committee

The function of this UWW administrative committee is to advise the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator regarding: identifying campus needs for sexual assault prevention efforts; setting biennial goals; designing a campus plan to meet the goals; suggesting departmental responsibilities for implementation; and reviewing progress, as requested by the Coordinator. An annual summary of programming and progress on goals will be submitted to the Dean of Students.

The membership consists of representatives from:
Student Life and First Year Experience, Residence Life, Warhawk Involvement Center, University Health and Counseling Services, University Police, Intercollegiate Athletics, Women’s Issues, Sexual Assault Survivors Assistance Team, Faculty Senate (2), Academic Staff Assembly, Whitewater Student Government, Residence Hall Association, Students at Large (2), Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse

This committee holds open meetings and all students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend.
2010-2011 meetings are all held Wednesdays at 10:00 in the Ambrose Health Center, room 2023N.

*** September 8, 2010
*** October 6, 2010
*** November 3, 2010
*** December 1, 2010

UW-Whitewater Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Policy and Reporting Procedures

Introduction
In 1992, the United States Congress enacted the "Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights" as a part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 (Public Law: 102-325, section 486(c)). It was signed into law by President George Bush in July of 1992. The legislation which was originally introduced in May of 1991 by Congressman Jim Ramstad (a Minnesota Republican) has also been referred to as the "Ramstad Act". This law requires that all colleges and universities (both public and private) participating in federal student aid programs afford sexual assault victims certain basic rights.
It also requires the school to notify victims of their option to report their assault to the proper law enforcement authorities. This document is intended to establish a set of practical university sexual assault prevention and response policies and reporting procedures in compliance with federal mandates.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to an environment free of sexual assault, as defined by Wisconsin Statute. Perpetrators in the campus community will be subject to appropriate campus disciplinary action and criminal proceedings.

Policy
If a sexual assault does occur, victims always have the right to report such incidents to the University Police at 262-472-4660 or the Police Department in the jurisdiction where the assault occurred. University personnel will assist in this notification when requested. Should the victim decide to report, timely reporting and preservation of evidence are important in the prosecution of criminal charges. A forensic exam can be done in most hospital emergency departments for no charge.
If the alleged perpetrator of a sexual assault is a student, the victim also may file a complaint with the Office of Student life, requesting an investigation and possible disciplinary action. In the event of such a request, UWS Chapter 17 procedures will be followed. Throughout the disciplinary process, both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present. In addition, both the accuser and the accused must be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding. Sanctions that may be imposed following a finding of sexual assault include warning, probation, educational assignments, community service, residence hall contract reassignment or cancellation, suspension or expulsion.

Victims may also call the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) at 262-472-1060 for support, information, and advocacy. Assistance is available 24 hours a day. Health and counseling services also are available for enrolled students, at University Health and Counseling Services (262-472-1300), during normal business hours.

In the event that a student alleges that he/she has been sexually assaulted, the university will work with the student to change the student’s academic and on-campus living situations, if requested and these changes are reasonably available. These changes may include changes to help the alleged victim avoid contact with the alleged perpetrator or scene of the incident. Students should contact the Office of Student Life at 262-472-1533 to request these modifications.

Staff and faculty are required to report any known incident of sexual assault to the Office of Student Life using the Sexual Assault Incident Mandated Reporting Form see (www.uww.edu/adminforms/other/sart-recordform.doc).

The university offers many programs designed to prevent sexual assault and other related offenses. Although these vary from year to year, they are typically offered in classrooms, residence halls, and through student organizations. These programs are offered for both men and women, and can be designed to meet the needs of a specific audience. For more information, or to schedule a program, contact the Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator at 262-472-1300 ext. 2244, or the University Police at 262-472-4660.

Distribution of Policy and Annual Security Reporting
In accordance with federal requirements, the University will annually distribute to students and staff (electronically or by other means) a statement of policy and a description of campus sexual assault programs, including sex offense prevention efforts and the procedures to be followed once a sex offense has occurred.

In addition to distributing a policy statement to the campus community, the University will also comply with the federal mandate to complete and submit an annual security report. This report shall contain, at a minimum, a statement of policy regarding the institution's campus sexual assault programs to prevent sex offenses, and procedures to follow when a sex offense occurs.

Policy Created 7-22-2009


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