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Sexual Misconduct Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Sexual Misconduct

This is a list of questions commonly asked related to sexual misconduct at the University Wyoming. For additional information, contact Sean Blackburn, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at or (307) 766-3296.  

What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (sex). Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating or domestic) violence and stalking.

What are a University’s obligations when it has notice of a Title IX related incident?

If the University knows or in the exercise of reasonable care should know about student-on-student sexual harassment, including sexual violence, that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires the University to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred (subject to confidentiality considerations). If an investigation reveals that sexual harassment, including sexual violence, created a hostile environment, the University must then take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy its effects on the victim(s) and University community.

What are the reporting obligations of the University of Wyoming?

All University of Wyoming employees, including student staff, must report all Title IX related concerns to their supervisor. The supervisor will promptly notify the Title IX Coordinator of the incident and meet with the complainant to assist with immediate safety measures and other necessary and appropriate interim measures (e.g., housing, academic) in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator or the Dean of Students.

Who is the Point of Contact for Title IX?

Equal Opportunity Report and Response

Bureau of Mines 317



Sean S. Blackburn

Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Knight Hall 128



What if the Complainant requests confidentiality?

If a Complainant requests their report to remain confidential, the University will give serious consideration to that request. In some situations the University proceed to a Title IX investigation against the wishes of the Complainant. Generally, the University will seek to honor the request of the Complainant not to proceed to a Title IX investigation and to remain confidential and will not proceed to a formal Title IX investigation without the consent of the Complainant. The Title IX Coordinator will consider a number of factors in deciding whether the request can be honored, including the age of the Complainant, whether there is evidence of a pattern of misconduct, the severity of the misconduct, and whether there is a safety risk to the Complainant or the University of Wyoming community. Should the University, in weighing such factors, determine it must proceed, the University will explain its rationale to the Complainant and make sure that the Complainant is offered a support person throughout the process. The Complainant will not be required to participate in the process if UW chooses to pursue an investigation.

Who can a student contact if he or she wants to discuss an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence in a confidential manner?

Confidential consultations about sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating and domestic) violence and stalking are available from persons who, by law, are granted privilege in their professional dealings. (University-employed mental health and physical health professionals, University-employed victim advocates, and University-employed clergy). A University of Wyoming student may contact the following offices for confidential advice and help:

STOP Violence Program
SAFE Project 24-hr HOTLINE:
Phone: 307-766-3296


University Counseling Center
Phone: 307-766-2187
TTY: 307-766-2187
Fax: 307-766-3412


Department of Psychology Clinic
Phone: (307) 766-6303
Fax: (307) 766-2926


Counselor Education Training Clinic

Phone: (307)-766-6820


Student Health Services

Cheney International Center Building, 1st Floor



What safety measures and accommodations are available to a student when he or she reports a Title IX related incident?

Upon a report of a Title IX concern, the University will work with the Complainant to put interim measures in place to ensure a safe, non-hostile environment for the student. Following an investigation and a determination that conduct prohibited by Title IX occurred, more permanent accommodations and safety measures may be implemented. Accommodations and safety measures (including interim measures) could include:

  • Housing accommodations
  • Counseling services
  • Academic accommodations
  • UW employment accommodations
  • Escort services
  • No contact or trespassing orders for the Respondent
  • Limitations on extracurricular or athletic activities
  • Respondent’s removal from University community
  • Other appropriate actions as necessary

Who can a student or UW employee contact to ask that one or more of these safety measures and/or accommodations are put in place?


Dean of Students Office
University of Wyoming
Department 3135
Knight Hall Room 128
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-3296
Fax: (307)766-3298

Faculty/Staff or Employee:

Office of Diversity and Employment Practices
Bureau of Mines, Room 318
1000 E University Ave, Dept 4307
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307)766-3459
Fax: (307)766-2742

What is the purpose of the University's Student Title IX process?

The purpose of a Title IX investigation pursuant to The University of Wyoming Student Title IX  Investigation and Hearing Process [NRC1] is to determine:

  • Whether or not Prohibited Conduct has occurred (please look at the code of conduct for definition of Prohibited Conduct[NRC2] ;
  • Whether there is an ongoing risk of harm from further Prohibited Conduct and, if so, what steps are necessary to prevent its recurrence;
  • Whether accommodations for the Complainant need to be put in place to redress the effects of Prohibited Conduct;
  • Whether accommodations or safety measures should be put in place to ensure the safety of the University of Wyoming community;
  • Whether the conduct warrants a Hearing by the Dean of Students Office (for student Respondents) or review under the UW Employee Handbook for discipline; and
  • Whether any changes to policies, practices or training should be considered and implemented.

 What kind of prevention programming are you implementing?

 We offer significant prevention programming to all new students through a mandated online    training prior to campus arrival.

  • AlcoholEDU – On-line evidence-based training module encompassing alcohol education for all new freshman and transfer students under 60 credit hours prior to the start of the entering semester at UW.
  • Haven-On-line evidence-based training module on healthy relationships, the importance of consent, how to help a friend, and the many ways you can help create the safe, positive campus you want to be a part of.
  • Mandatory Reporting (Duty to Report) Training- We mandate all employees, including student employees, to attend a training on their responsibilities to report sexual misconduct.
  • Stop Violence Programming- Ongoing trainings on healthy relationships, alcohol and violence, stalking, bystander intervention, and understanding consent as well advising a student RSO that provides awareness programming throughout the year..
    • Aware Program- Bystander intervention training offers awareness, and helps witnesses to stand up and help others who might be in a sexual violence situation.
    • Healthy & Safe Choices Student Panel – education to incoming freshman during New Student Orientation.
    • Parents Safety Panel – education for parents of incoming freshman during New Student Orientation.
    • Parenting 1010 – education for parents on wellness including alcohol and drug expectations, resources, and penalties during New Student Orientation.


What is the crime rate at the University of Wyoming?

Student safety and wellness is promoted through collaborations with campus partners including the Dean of Students, UW Police Department, Residence Life, University Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Campus Recreation, Admissions, Athletics, and the Wyoming Union.

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