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Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
One of our highest priorities at the University is fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus for employees, students, and campus visitors, which includes a commitment to providing an environment free from sexual misconduct. This month is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a good time to remind our campus community about UAct as well as the resources and programs available to address sexual misconduct.
A primary goal of the UAct campaign is to raise awareness and promote prevention of sexual misconduct. Any student, employee, applicant, or campus visitor with concerns about sexual misconduct (including sexual assault and/or harassment, domestic/dating violence, and/or stalking) is encouraged to seek assistance from the appropriate University official.
The UAct campaign identifies multiple reporting options across campus for sexual misconduct issues, including the University of Alabama Police Department (UAPD) and the University’s Title IX Office. The University encourages individuals to report sexual misconduct to UAPD or local law enforcement. UAPD may be contacted by calling (205) 348-5454 or by visiting the department at 1110 Jackson Avenue. The Title IX Office is currently located in Room 152A of Rose Administration Building, but will be relocated to Room 107 of Burke Hall West during Summer 2016. The Title IX Office can be contacted by calling (205) 348-5496 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to reach the University’s Title IX coordinator, Beth Howard. Alternatively, any individual who is seeking assistance and support but desires strict confidentiality should contact the University’s Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) victim advocate at (205) 348-5040. For more details on these and other reporting options, please visit the UAct website and review the University’s sexual misconduct policy.
In addition to these reporting options, the University provides information and resources to individuals impacted by sexual misconduct in an effort to end any discrimination that is discovered, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Because an individual’s needs differ depending on personal circumstances, the University will provide support relevant to the individual’s specific situation. Detailed information on available support can be found in the University’s sexual misconduct policy.
There are also many opportunities on campus to raise awareness about sexual violence, learn about prevention, and show your support for survivors. For instance, teal ribbons, which are the symbol of sexual violence prevention, are available for free at the WGRC. Additionally, please join us tomorrow (April 12th) for Take Back the Night. This event, which is dedicated to ending sexual assault and domestic violence through spreading awareness, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Quad. On April 25th at 6:00 p.m., please stop by the Ferguson Center Gallery and view the Wounded Heart exhibit or catch an Unscripted performance. You can also schedule a UAct bystander intervention training session by contacting the Title IX Office or the WGRC. For more information on upcoming events and training opportunities, please follow @UAStudents on Twitter or visit the websites for the Title IX Office and WGRC.
Stuart R. Bell