All instructors are encouraged to consider the impact of relationship and sexual violence on the students in their class.
Faculty, Instructors, and Lecturers play an important leadership role on our campus in creating a safe space to discuss difficult topics such as interpersonal violence in the classroom.
All instructional staff members should familiarize themselves with the University’s Sexual Assault Procedures and Policy on Prohibited Harassment, including Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination. The Office of the Dean of Students can be contacted for general information, resources, and details on how to report interpersonal violence.
Concerned about a student? Contact the Title IX Coordinator (Howie Kallem, firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator (email@example.com)who will assist you in providing sensitive and private support for students.
Additionally, instructional staff members may want to consider the following classroom resources:
Guest Lectures & Consultation
If you’ll be addressing interpersonal violence in the content of your curriculum, staff and faculty at UNC are available to consult with you regarding information and/or resources on campus. Additionally, staff are available on a first-come, first-served basis to provide guest lectures (60-90 minutes) around prevention, response, and programs on campus. Please contact Student Wellness for more information
Syllabus Statement Regarding Interpersonal Violence
Faculty, Instructors, and Lecturers may want to include in their syllabus a statement encouraging students affected by interpersonal violence to seek appropriate resources and support. There are several reasons why such a syllabus statement is helpful for survivors. This statement normalizes the process for seeking counseling and reporting violence, and helps to create a positive and welcoming environment for students who have experienced violence. Also, this statement serves as a reminder to all members of the UNC-CH community that approximately one quarter of our students experience interpersonal violence, either before or during their college years. Finally, for faculty members who may be discussing triggering topics in their classes, the statement starts a conversation about the connection between personal experiences and academic inquiry.
The following are examples of syllabus statements that can be used for your course syllabi:
Any student who is impacted by relationship or sexual violence is encouraged to seek appropriate resources on campus. Please contact the Title IX Coordinator (Howie Kallem, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Ew Quimbaya-Winship, email@example.com), Counseling & Psychological Services (confidential) in Campus Health Services at (919) 966-3658 to discuss your specific needs. Additional resources: www.safe.unc.edu/resources
Additionally, all HAVEN trained instructors are encouraged to include in their syllabus a statement that they have been HAVEN trained:
As a HAVEN trained individual, I agree to be supportive and affirming of students and other members of our community who have been affected by sexual and relationship violence, and I agree to maintain students’ privacy and refer them to appropriate resources.
Instructors who include readings/films/discussions that include subject matter related to interpersonal violence are encouraged to consider incorporating a note to survivors which says something regarding the discussions which may take place in the classroom around these topics:
All participants in this class should be aware that we will have frank discussions about [topics such as sexual assault, relationship violence, graphic violence, sexual health, sexuality, identity-based harassment and discrimination, etc.] during this course. Certain readings and discussions may be difficult for survivors, secondary survivors, and non-survivors alike. Any student who is impacted by relationship or sexual violence is encouraged to seek appropriate resources on campus. As needed, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services (confidential) in Campus Health Services at (919) 966-3658 to discuss your specific needs.
You will see a star (*) next to certain texts. These readings may be particularly difficult for some students as they contain graphic depictions of [topics such as pornography, sexual assault, relationship abuse, harassment, or other forms of violence].
Adapted from Robert Pleasants, PhD, Instructor, WMST 290.02 Leadership in Violence Prevention for Peer Educators