Home Student Rights, Concerns, and Disclosures Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Western wants to help all students and employees find the resources they need to feel safe from gender discrimination, sexual violence and other harm. Nearly every Western employee can help you begin the process of leaving dangerous situations and relationships, asserting your rights to equal treatment, and achieving your dreams.
If you are not safe, or if you need immediate help: Call or Western's Security Office: Immediately following a sexual assault, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Visit the Safety and Security website for more information about campus safety efforts. What is Title IX? Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of amending the Higher Education Act of is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions.
The law states that "no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Western takes a strong stance against sexual misconduct. The College seeks to create and maintain a campus free from sexual misconduct by using a combination of education, programming, training for students and staff, clear policies, and consistent sanctions for any violation of these policies.
Western educates students and employees about sexual assault awareness and prevention through New Student Orientation, New Employee Orientation, residence hall programming, and ongoing education by the violence prevention or student life staff. Information pertaining to sexual assault definitions, campus and community resources, reporting options, and bystander intervention education are published in the Student Handbook each year. Literature on sexual assault resources, reporting options, and prevention is available through the Student Life Office and the Counseling Services office.
If a student or employee does choose to report a sexual assault, the information will be kept confidential to the fullest extent permitted by law and policy. The College will make every effort to balance privacy rights and the right to know when making decisions regarding what information to release to the campus community. A student or employee who reports a sexual assault will be provided with a written explanation of his or her rights and options.
Once the College has received a report of sexual assault or misconduct in any form, a trained investigator from the Student Life Office will conduct a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation. The investigation will be reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, for determination of appropriate College action s up to and including implementing the Student Code of Conduct hearing process or employee discipline process. Investigators from the Student Life Office are trained annually on issues related to sexual assault, how to conduct unbiased investigations, and the student code of conduct process.
If a victim would like support in reporting a sexual assault or in coping with an assault, Western has services available through the Counseling Center and Violence Prevention staff to assist the victim. In conduct hearings related to sexual assault or misconduct allegations, the victim is entitled to the same supports as the accused in the student conduct hearing process.
A student found in violation of violating the Student Code of Conduct related to sexual assault or misconduct could be referred for criminal action, and may be suspended or expelled from the College. The standard of evidence used in the Student Code of Conduct Hearing Procedure is more likely than not that the accused violated the Student Code of Conduct. The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act section of Public Law is a federal law enacted in that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education.
To learn the identity of registered sex offenders on or near campus, or anywhere in Wisconsin, visit http: Call or Western's Security Office at