Dear Carolina Community:
As we come to the close of the fall semester and in light of the continuing conversation across the country regarding Title IX and universities’ efforts to combat sexual violence, we wanted to update and assure you of the University’s continuing concerted focus on this issue. Sexual violence and student safety are of great concern to us; we want to make Carolina a safe place.
Students, faculty and staff are working hard to address sexual violence, here. In August, the University adopted a comprehensively revised policy on sexual violence, which was recommended by a task force with input from the entire community. Since then, we’ve been intent upon double-checking procedures and resources to implement the policy. The policy and our implementation efforts have faced head-on the challenging definitions of consent and incapacitation and have included work on process needs to provide additional support in this area. Indeed, the creation of a new confidential support position, the Gender Violence Services Coordinator in the Carolina Women’s Center, has already proven to be a tremendous resource to students and employees. We are also increasing coordination between departments that are tasked with responding to reports of incidents.
In addition to all the work on the policy and procedures, we are doggedly emphasizing strengthening our existing programs and creating new initiatives. Below is a sample of some of the important programs that have either been expanded or started this semester.
- One Act – bystander intervention program for sexual and relationship violence
- One Act for Greeks – a program that meets the IFC mandated prevention education requirement
- HAVEN – training designed to provide skills to help individuals support survivors
- Raise the Bar – training created to increase bystander intervention skills among bar employees
- Delta Advocates – program training members of the Panhellenic community to respond to survivors and connect them to resources
- Responsible Employees – mandatory training to help University designated “Responsible Employees” understand their reporting responsibilities
This listing does not include the programs that student organizations planned and implemented to make headway on the issue of student violence. Their efforts are very important to our community’s success.
As we enter next semester, we will be doing even more. The mandatory Title IX Awareness and Violence Prevention online training module links will be emailed to faculty and staff in the coming weeks and to students upon their return to Carolina to begin the new semester. We developed the training for our campus and piloted it with many groups of faculty, students, and staff. We will be launching a prevention task force and awareness campaign planning committee, providing opportunities for continued education and dialogue on drug and alcohol facilitated sexual assault from medical specialists, and you will see a newly redesigned SAFE.UNC.EDU website for information about violence prevention and response efforts.
We believe that to be successful in making Carolina a safe place for all, we need help from all of you. If you are aware of situations or things that have happened or concern you, please know that we have an open door policy. No concern is too small. We want to hear from you. You may also direct any concern or suggestions to Katie Nolan, interim Title IX compliance coordinator, at 919-445-1577 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited about Katie joining us, and there will be several opportunities for you to meet with Katie early next semester.
Thank you for your dedication to this issue. It is only together that we can create meaningful change.
Felicia A. Washington
Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement
Winston B. Crisp
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs