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Title IX

UCM's Confidentiality, Privacy and Reporting Policy

Different people on campus have different reporting responsibilities and different abilities to maintain confidentiality, depending on their roles at the university and upon university policy. When consulting campus resources, all parties should be aware of confidentiality, privacy and mandatory reporting in order to make informed choices.

On campus, some resources can offer you confidentiality, sharing options and advice without any obligation to tell anyone unless you want them to. Other resources are expressly there for you to report crimes and policy violations and they will take action when you report your victimization to them. Most resources on campus fall in the middle of these two extremes. Neither the university nor the law requires them to divulge private information that is shared with them except in certain circumstances, some of which are described below.

Please note: At UCM a victim MAY seek assistance from these university officials without starting a formal process that is beyond the victim's control, or violates her/his privacy.


CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS:

If one desires that details of the incident be kept confidential, they should speak with on-campus mental health counselors at the University's Counseling Center (660-543-4060), campus health service providers at the University Health Center (660-543-4770) or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality. Campus counselors are available to help you free of charge, and can be seen on an emergency basis during business hours. In addition, you may speak on and off-campus with members of the clergy and chaplains, who will also keep reports made to them confidential.


REPORTING TO THOSE WHO CAN MAINTAIN PRIVACY BUT NOT CONFIDENTIALITY:

You can also seek advice from certain resources who will keep your personal information private else unless there is cause for fear for your safety, or the safety of others. These individuals (such as CAs, faculty members, coaches, advisors to student organizations, career services staff, admissions officers, and student activities personnel,) are outstanding resources. Please be aware that as a part of their role, they do have a mandatory reporting obligation and will be instructed to share incident reports with their supervisors.

In the rare event that the incident reveals a need to protect you or other members of the community, your personally identifiable information may be shared within the university and with the Office of Public Safety.

If you are unsure of someone's duties and ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you talk to them. They will be able to tell you, and help you make decisions about who can help you best.

In all cases, your personal information will only be shared as necessary with as few people as possible, and all efforts will be made to protect your privacy.


NON-CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS:

You may also choose make a formal report to officials of the institution (public safety, housing personnel, public safety, and human resources). The university considers these people to be "responsible employees." Notice to them is official notice to the institution. When a formal report is made, you have the right and can expect to have incidents of sexual misconduct impartially investigated and properly resolved through administrative procedures. Formal reporting means that only people who need to know will be told, and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual.

FEDERAL STATISTIC REPORTING OBLIGATIONS:

Certain campus officials have a duty to report sexual misconduct for federal statistical reporting purposes (Clery Act). All personally identifiable information is kept confidential, but statistical information must be passed along to campus law enforcement regarding the type of incident and its general location (on or off-campus, in the surrounding area, but no addresses are given) for publication in the annual Campus Security Report. This report helps to provide the community with a clear picture of the extent and nature of campus crime, to ensure greater community safety. Mandated federal reporters include: student/conduct affairs, campus law enforcement, local police, coaches, athletic directors, residence life staff, student activities staff, human resources staff, advisors to student organizations and any other official with significant responsibility for student and campus activities. The information to be shared includes the date, the location of the incident (using Clery location categories) and the Clery crime category. This reporting protects the identity of the victim and may be done anonymously.

FEDERAL TIMELY WARNING REPORTING OBLIGATIONS:

Victims of sexual misconduct should also be aware that university administrators must issue immediate timely warnings for incidents reported to them that are confirmed to pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. The university will make every effort to ensure that a victim's name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for community members to make safety decisions in light of the danger. The reporters for timely warning purposes are exactly the same as detailed at the end of the above paragraph.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Reporting a Crime

If you are the victim of a crime, you are encouraged to report it immediately.
Crimes can be reported in any of the following manners:

  • Campus 911 (emergencies only).
  • The Department of Public Safety business phone number - 660-543-4123.
  • In person at the Public Safety building, located at 306 Broad Street.


Confidential Reporting of a Crime

For confidential reporting, please use the anonymous TIPS online form at: www.ucmo.edu/tips

Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment reporting procedures can be found at www.ucmo.edu/hr/harassment.cfm

Additional Resources

Emergency phones:
There are 98 outdoor and indoor emergency telephones across campus that provide one-button instantaneous contact with Public Safety. When the phone is activated, it displays the location of the phone so an officer can be dispatched immediately to that location.

Public Safety: http://www.ucmo.edu/ps/
Public Safety offers many crime prevention programs to the university community, including: Personal Safety and Protection, Alcohol Awareness, Drug Awareness, Rape and Sexual Assault, Theft Prevention, Domestic Violence, Conflict Management, Child Safety, Canine Unit, and Rape Aggression Defense (Self Defense for Women Only). Other program topics may be available upon request. For more information, please contact: The Office of Public Safety, 306 Broad Street, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
Phone: (660)543-4123 kvansell@ucmo.edu

Safe Team:
The Student Assistant Foot Patrol and Escort (SAFE) Team Members are part-time, uniformed, student employees of Public Safety who patrol the campus on foot at night to help deter crime and provide a walking escort from building exit to building entrance or parking areas for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. They are provided with a flashlight and radio with direct contact to the university police. The SAFE Team is in operation seven nights per week (during the regular academic year when the university is in session) from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with extended duty on weekends. To request a SAFE Team escort during the above hours, call 660-543-4123 and a SAFE Team member will be dispatched to walk you wherever you wish to go on campus.

Night Ryder: http://www.ucmo.edu/oca/nightryder.cfm
The Night Ryder program provides a free, safe transportation option, Thursdays through Saturdays, for UCM students traveling around town. Visit the website for the transportation route and schedule.

Office on Violence & Substance Abuse Prevention: http://www.ucmo.edu/vsap
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The Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention (VSAP) coordinates several campus and community efforts to promote a safe environment for learning. VSAP staff can present educational trainings for classes or student organizations on a variety of topics such as bystander intervention skills training (how to step in and help in problematic situations), alcohol refusal skills (how to stick to your decision not to drink), alcohol harm reduction (how to drink more safely if you choose to do so), sexual assault prevention for men and for women. Although we do not provide treatment or counseling, the VSAP office is a good place to start for students who want assistance for violence or substance abuse related issues; we can help you understand your options and direct you to other resources if needed. For more information Rhonda Neill, VSAP Projects Coordinator, at 660-543-4044 or neill@ucmo.edu or stop by Administration Building room 102.

24-Hour Hotlines for Sexual & Domestic Violence:
Survival Adult Abuse Center 800-846-7597 (Local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline)
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 800-656-HOPE (4673) - (National Sexual Assault Hotline)
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault 861-531-0233 (Kansas City Crisis Line)

Johnson County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART):
A SART advocate is an individual who is trained in providing support to survivors of sexual assault who report the crime to the police or to a local hospital. There is no cost to access a SART. A SART advocate may be contacted by calling the Survival House hotline at 1-800-846-7597.

Haven:  Online Gender Violence Prevention Program
Haven is a 45-minute, interactive program designed to educate students on the issues associated with sexual assault and relationship violence, taking into account their unique perspectives and experiences, providing:

  • Key definitions and statistics
  • Information about healthy relationships, the importance of consent, and good communication
  • Bystander skill and confidence-building strategies
  • UCM-specific policies, procedures and resources

Beginning Fall 2013 all incoming first-year students completed the Haven course as part of AlcoholEdu for College.  Haven will be distributed to all new students in Spring 2014, but any interested student can access the course immediately by visiting www.everfi.com/register.  Use the registration code: aee1c9d4. 

Other Important Information

  • To access the course you will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • The course may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure students’ attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students’ answers.
  • Resources are available in the top menu bar throughout the course.  We encourage you to check out these resources and utilize them if needed.
  • Should you experience technical difficulties, click the “Help” button to access the 24/7 help center.

Bystander Intervention Skills Training
Bystanders are people who witness an incident such as bullying, drug abuse, or assault, or the potential for these to occur, and have the opportunity to intervene to make a difference. Social science indicates the presence of others often inhibits action among bystanders. Bystander Intervention skills training helps us learn how to overcome inaction and intervene in a safe and effective way. To schedule a Bystander Intervention Skills Training for your group, contact the Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention at vsap@ucmo.edu, 660-543-4044, or Administration Building 102.  


EPIC (Encouraging Positive Interventions on Campus) Educators
EPIC Educators is a new peer education group at UCM. Their mission is to make UCM a stronger community by teaching bystander intervention skills to all students, and raising awareness on topics such as bullying, sexual violence, social justice issues, and drug and alcohol abuse. All students are welcome to join.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/EPICEducators for more information.  

Engaging Men in Gender Violence Prevention
UCM and Warrensburg Area Partners in Prevention was recently awarded a $5,000 mini-grant from ACT Missouri to increase the engagement of men in gender violence prevention. This grant, with a funding cycle from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014, will allow UCM to provide gender violence prevention training to popular opinion leaders of men’s organizations, and to all students, in partnership with www.weendviolence.com. For more information about the project, contact the Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention at vsap@ucmo.edu, 660-543-4044, or Administration Building 102.

Counseling Center: http://www.ucmo.edu/cc
The Counseling Center is available to help students who have been harmed by violence and mistreatment. It is a safe place where those affected by these situations can receive confidential support, information and assistance. Counseling Center staff also assists the campus by intervening with students who are at risk of suicide. The Counseling Center is located in Humphreys Building, Suite 131. The phone number is (660) 543-4060. Hours are 8 a.m. - noon and 1 to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday. For life threatening after hours assistance contact Public Safety at 660-543-4123 or call 911.

Faculty and staff procedures for helping prevent student suicides can be found here: http://www.ucmo.edu/cc/fsprocedures.cfm.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Ask - Listen - Refer suicide prevention tutorial: http://www.asklistenrefer.org/ucm

UCM Textcaster:
To the campus community, especially when it relates to campus safety and inclement weather, UCM has implemented a voluntary text messaging program. Individuals who are interested in participating can sign up via the web at www.ucmo.edu/textcaster.

Programs

Self Defense Classes:
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. Courses are taught by officers from Central Missouri's Department of Public Safety and are offered at no cost to UCM students, employees, and dependants. Courses are 12-hours in length. Students must complete all 12 hours to become certified in the R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense Program. To enroll in a course, please contact Sgt. Dan Othic,othic@ucmo.edu.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act, that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. For your reference, UCM's annual security and fire safety report can be found at: http://www.ucmo.edu/ps/police/stats.cfm.