August 17, 2020
Dear UW-Whitewater Community,
As you may have read or heard, the Department of Education recently released the final regulations for implementing protections of equal access to education under Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972. As federal laws, these requirements govern how institutions respond to sexual assault and other forms of sexual harassment and are effective as of August 14, 2020.
These regulations are significant, and we have been carefully reviewing them over the course of the summer to determine adjustments that needed to be made, if any, to our current policies and/or our processes for addressing reports of sexual assault and harassment.
I recognize that many members of our community have been deeply impacted by sexual assault. It is important that you know that our commitment to preventing sexual assault, supporting those who report experiencing harm, and conducting fair, transparent, and safe grievance processes for all parties continues to be a top priority for us. We remain steadfastly focused on continuing to build a supportive, safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment where everyone can learn, work, and thrive.
If you have experienced or if you observe, hear conversations about, or receive in writing, anything that may be considered sexual misconduct (harassment, assault, stalking, domestic violence) in your interactions or assignments, you should let the person know that as a mandatory reporter, you are required to fill out the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form. A link to our policy, forms, and resources can be found at:
Policy and Resources: http://www.uww.edu/sexual-misconduct-information
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling my office number at 262-472-2143.
Vicki Schreiber, PhD
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Human Resources & Diversity