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Syllabus Language Regarding Sexual Misconduct

For faculty who wish to support their students who have experienced sexual assault or harassment, syllabi present a unique opportunity to educate every student about their rights and resources on campus. Survivors of sexual assault are significantly more likely to experience depression, anxiety, PTSD, abuse alcohol and drugs, which negatively affects academic performance. Furthermore, these issues can negatively affect class participation and undermine the teaching process for other students.Because sexual assault survivors often experience shame, stigma, and self-blame, it can be difficult for them to seek resources for support. By placing information on syllabi, faculty provide an opportunity for students to have easy and private access to information on their rights and resources and reporting options. By including a policy statement on syllabi, we can create a safer campus and a better community at the University both inside and outside of the classroom. Please see below for two syllabus language options.

 

Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

 

Our school is committed to fostering a safe, productive learning environment. Title IX and our school policy prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, which regards sexual misconduct — including harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We understand that sexual violence can undermine students’ academic success and we encourage students who have experienced some form of sexual misconduct to talk to someone about their experience, so they can get the support they need.

 

Confidential support and academic advocacy can be found with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) on their 24-hour crisis line, 734-936-3333 and at http://sapac.umich.edu/. Alleged violations can be non-confidentially reported to the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) at institutional.equity@umich.edu. Reports to law enforcement can be made to University of Michigan Police Department at 734-763-3434.

 

Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

 

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination to include sexual misconduct: harassment, domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can receive confidential support and academic advocacy at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC). SAPAC can be contacted on their 24-hour crisis line, 734-936-3333 and online at sapac.umich.edu. Alleged violations can be reported non-confidentially to the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) at institutional.equity@umich.edu. Reports to law enforcement can be made to University of Michigan Police Department at 734-763-3434.

 

Syllabus Language Regarding Confidentiality

 

Faculty who also supervise staff, advise student groups, or hold other administrative positions may have mandatory reporting responsibilities.  In order to help ensure that students are making informed decisions about sharing their personal experiences, it is a good practice to provide information about your mandatory reporting responsibilities. If you are unsure whether you have mandatory reporting responsibilities, please contact the Dean of your school or college for clarification. Sample syllabus language regarding mandatory reporting is below:

 

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus.  I also have a mandatory reporting responsibility related to my role as a XX (specify if desired). It is my goal that you feel able to share information related to your life experiences in classroom discussions, in your written work, and in our one-on-one meetings. I will seek to keep information you share private to the greatest extent possible. However, I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have occurred on U-M's campus with the University. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting SAPAC’s Crisis Line at (734) 936-3333.

 

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus.  I also have a mandatory reporting responsibility related to my role as a XX (specify if desired).  I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have occurred on U-M's campus with the University. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting SAPAC’s Crisis Line at (734) 936-3333.

 

For more information, see:

 

The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy Website: studentsexualmisconductpolicy.umich.edu

 

How Syllabi Can Help Combat Sexual Assault” via the Chronicle of Higher Education

 

Faculty Against Rape’s tools for supporting survivors.

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