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Action Against Sexual Violence









PLEASE REPORT SEXUAL VIOLENCE!
WE ARE HERE TO HELP

MEANWHILE, ARM YOURSELF WITH THE FACTS HERE:
HOW IS FORDHAM WORKING TO PREVENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE?

RECENT Student Affairs Sexual Violence Initiatives

2011-2014

● Comprehensive Policy Review: during summer 2011 and each summer since, staff have conducted a top-to-bottom review of all sexual offenses policies and confirmed that Fordham’s reporting, handling and investigation procedures met the requirements of Title IX and other laws and regulations. In 2011, new requirements included in the Department of Education’s 2011 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to universities were incorporated into Fordham’s practice including: a formal appeal process for the complainant (the conduct process has one for the respondent) and the introduction of new forms for students requesting that an incident not be reported to the NYPD or to decline an internal investigation by the dean of students.

● Policy Updates: all policies related to Title IX, Sexual Offenses and Sexual Harassment were updated to include information on stalking, domestic violence, dating violence and bystander intervention information and adjustments were made to reporting procedures per new legislation including the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

● Updated Educational Programs: the Campus Assault and Relationship Education (CARE) Program provided to freshmen at orientation and during Freshman Core Programming was updated to include information on stalking, domestic violence, dating violence and bystander intervention information and adjustments were made to reporting procedures per the DCL and VAWA.  This program is mandatory for all new students, residents and commuters, and occurs on a staggered basis during the first six weeks of the fall semester.

● Updated Publications: Fordham’s main resource publication on sexual offenses, the CARE Brochure, was updated to include information on stalking, domestic violence, dating violence and bystander intervention information and adjustments were made to reporting procedures per the DCL and VAWA.

● Updated CARE Web Pages: a summary Frequently Asked Questions list was added to the Dean of Students webpages for each campus to better explain the reporting process and answer typical questions.

● Updated Online Education: Sexual Assault.Edu, an online sexual assault prevention training and education program, was added to Alcohol.Edu program each incoming student completes in the summer. 

● Updated Staff Training: existing training sessions related to sexual violence were enhanced to include information on stalking, domestic violence, dating violence and bystander intervention information and improvements to procedures per the DCL and VAWA.  The following staff members and departments participated in the combined Clery Act, Title IX and VAWA training program:  Resident Directors, Resident Assistants, Student Affairs Senior Staff and Department Heads, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Athletic Staff and Coaches, and Mission and Ministry staff.

● Campus Security Authority Training: per the Clery Act, Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) in Student Affairs (including coaches) and Mission and Ministry have been identified and trained relative to their reporting requirements under Clery.

CLICK HERE or SEE THE LINK AT LEFT TO GO TO THE CARE FAQ PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES. CALL THE DEAN of STUDENTS OFFICE FOR YOUR CAMPUS, SECURITY or ANY OF THE RESOURCES LISTED FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE. EVERY REPORT IS SOMEONE HELPED!

Updated:  2.3.14


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