- What is Sexual Violence / Sexual Misconduct
- What to Expect from the Campus Judicial System
- Keeping UCM Safe
- How to Make a Report
- Frequently Asked Questions
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Most sexual violence among college students is committed by individuals who plan their attacks in advance. These individuals identify a potential “target”: someone they know in another context (class, work, around campus, etc.) and one whom they believe they can isolate and make vulnerable to an attack." The individuals will arrange to have an interaction with their “target”, inviting them to a party, for example. Frequently the individual will encourage their “target” to consume alcohol or other drugs in order to make them less able to resist sexual assault. Rarely will this individual force their “target” to consume alcohol; rather they will encourage it. Once their “target” is sufficiently under the influence they will isolate that person, and use the least amount of force necessary to commit the crime.
Individuals who commit these offenses typically do not see themselves as doing anything wrong and feel little to no remorse. To them the process of identifying a target, using alcohol or drugs, isolating and applying pressure to obtain sex is normal. These individuals typically commit multiple offenses and only stop once they are held accountable for their actions.
Any student who recognizes the above behavior in a friend or acquaintance should either take steps to stop the behavior or contact The Counseling Center at 660-543-4060 to obtain advice about how to proceed.
To take steps to protect oneself against this type of attack by a non-stranger, do the following:
- If you have limits, make them known as early as possible.
- Tell a sexual aggressor "NO" clearly and firmly.
- Try to remove yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
- Find someone nearby and ask for help.
- Take affirmative responsibility for your alcohol intake/drug use and acknowledge that alcohol/drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
- Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you. A real friend will challenge you if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them when they do.
Although the majority of college assaults are committed by individuals who plan their attack in advance, occasionally an individual will assault someone without prior intent to do so. Therefore, if you are initiating sexual behavior, follow the following suggestions to help reduce the likelihood that you will commit sexual misconduct:
- Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
- Ask if the sexual behavior you want to engage in is okay with your potential partner. DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about consent; about someone's sexual availability; about whether they are attracted to you; about how far you can go or about whether they are physically and/or mentally able to consent. If there are any questions or ambiguity then you DO NOT have consent.
- Mixed messages from your partner are a clear indication that you should stop, defuse any sexual tension and communicate better. You may be misreading them. They may not have figured out how far they want to go with you yet. You must respect the timeline for sexual behaviors with which they are comfortable.
- Don't take advantage of someone's drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.
- Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size. Don't abuse that power.
- Understand that consent to some form of sexual behavior does not automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior.
- Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent. Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.
The University of Central Missouri is committed to creating a safe environment for collegiate activities. Each of us can promote safety in our community by knowing and adhering to university polices, taking steps to protect ourselves and others, and promptly reporting criminal or suspicious behavior to university authorities.
Attached is a list of policies, personal safety reminders, resources, and programs designed to enhance student safety. It is being sent to all UCM students, faculty and staff.
Please be aware that violence between students, threats to self or others, and destructive or disruptive behavior cannot be tolerated in a college environment and are prohibited by our Student Code of Conduct.
Students who engage in acts of violence, on or off campus, may face severe disciplinary action including suspension from the University of Central Missouri.
Additionally, please be aware that weapons are not allowed on the University of Central Missouri campus, nor in vehicles parked in campus lots. Students who bring weapons to campus may face immediate suspension.
For a complete listing of student rights and responsibilities, visit http://www.ucmo.edu/student/documents/StudentHandbook_09-10_rights_and_respons.pdf
While violence is always the fault of the perpetrator, there are certain things that we can do as individuals to reduce our risk of becoming victims of violence or other crimes.
- Always be sure to lock your room door.
- Carry your room key at all times.
- Be cautious about who you let in the building with you.
- Do not prop open exterior doors.
- Always lock gym lockers.
- Always lock your car.
- After dark, don't walk to your car alone - call SAFE Team at 660-543-4123.
- When walking on campus after dark, use well-lighted paths.
- Do not drink to intoxication or use illegal drugs.
- Never leave a friend behind at a party or social setting.
- In intimate situations, clearly state your boundaries.
- Trust your instincts; if you feel uneasy about a situation, leave.
- If you witness violence, do not try to stop it yourself. Immediately call 911 instead.
For a more complete list of personal safety tips, please visit this site: http://www.ucmo.edu/ps/safety/tips.cfm