University-wide policies and reports available to read and review
Safety reports available to read; feedback sought on university-wide sexual misconduct policy, and mandatory harassment and awareness training deadline is Dec. 31.
Feedback on U-M umbrella sexual and gender-based misconduct policy requested by Nov. 22.
Since the mid-October release of the draft of the university umbrella policy for addressing sexual and gender-based misconduct, Pamela Heatlie, director of institutional equity at UM-Dearborn, has been busy meeting with campus stakeholders to answer questions and gather feedback.
“We’ve been working to connect with key faculty, staff and students to answer questions about the new umbrella policy and to hear thoughts about what could be changed or improved,” said Heatlie. “This policy is one more step the university has made towards ensuring a safe and respectful campus community.”
Heatlie worked on drafting the policy with a team consisting of representatives from all three U-M campuses, including Michigan Medicine — and informed by the recommendations of an external review of existing campus sexual misconduct policies and procedures, the study of more than 20 policies at peer institutions, and federal guidance.
The policy covers behaviors such as sexual assault, harassment or exploitation, gender-based harassment, sexual or gender-based stalking, sex or gender-based discrimination, intimate partner violence, retaliation and violation of protective measures.
UM-Dearborn faculty, staff and students are encouraged to review the policy and procedures online and provide feedback via the website through Nov. 22.
The university continues to focus both on appropriate response when concerns are raised, and on educational measures intended to prevent sexual misconduct and ensure that those affected have information about resources and reporting options.
Annual report on response to sexual misconduct
In late October, UM-Dearborn Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) released its first report on employee, student, and third party sexual misconduct. The report captures the university’s response to sexual misconduct reports during the last year.
“This annual report is an important part in being transparent with the campus community regarding how we address concerns when reported and represents a collaborative effort of many campus partners,” said Heatlie. “Sexual misconduct has no place at UM-Dearborn and we encourage all members of our community to report concerns of prohibited conduct.”
As a reminder, this year U-M implemented mandatory training on sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct awareness for all employees on the three U-M campuses, including Michigan Medicine. More than half of U-M employees have completed the training. The deadline for completion is Dec. 31.
Annual Security & Fire Safety Report
As part of the university’s commitment to making campus a safe place for all faculty, staff and students this fall the university released the 2019 version of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report, which contains crime statistics for 2016, 2017 and 2018.