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NO MORE Football Game: This Saturday against Fresno State

November 14, 2017

To: All UW Community Members

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

I’m excited to share with you that the final home game of the 2017 football season against Fresno State will be the NO MORE Football Game. We are very grateful that the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (www.wyomingdvsa.org) and the Wyoming Division of Victim Services will be the lead game sponsors. Four hundred NO MORE T-shirts, special signage, teal beads and educational activities, and an information table will be available inside the Indoor Practice Facility and War Memorial Stadium. My sincere appreciation to Athletics and the NO MORE Committee for putting this event together. Please come out to support the Cowboys and the NO MORE Campaign!

The NO MORE committee is also hard at work preparing a Sexual Misconduct Campus Climate Survey to be administered in early February 2018. This survey will be focused on students and will help assess perceptions of campus climate regarding sexual misconduct, peer norms, sexual harassment by students, stalking perpetration, dating violence victimization, institutional response, consent, bystander intervention and campus safety. Please help encourage students to participate in this survey. The data will be critical as we continue to improve our sexual misconduct prevention and response program at UW.

Our work must continue!  Given the recent report of an assault in the East Stadium lot last weekend, I want to remind the community of the following:

You can be part of this initiative in several ways.

  1. It is critical for all community members to "say something when you see something." Learn how to do so now, so that you are prepared. To learn how to report suspected crimes, click here. If you believe a student may be in distress, learn how to report here.
  2. Educate yourself here about what to do if an assault occurs.
  3. Be part of Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training. You can start by signing up for a training this semester. Faculty, staff and police officers are usually not around when dangerous situations begin. We need students to learn how to Step Up! and safely intervene. By participating in a training, you’ll learn the five steps to helping: 1 – Be aware of your surroundings; 2 – Notice when there is a problem; 3 – Take personal responsibility; 4 – Know how to help; and 5 – Implement the help, Step UP!
  4. Check out the NO MORE campaign’s national website and take the pledge to say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault. We will again celebrate the national No More Week March 4-10, 2018. Stay tuned for more details.

The NO MORE Committee has already implemented a few efforts to begin improving our prevention and response efforts.

  1. We have launched a new website: Report IT, where you can learn how to report sexual misconduct, civil rights discrimination and workplace violence.
  2. Mandatory Student Education: Because alcohol is involved in so many sexual assaults in college, beginning last semester all new students are now mandated to complete our Alcohol Edu and Haven online education programs during their first semester at UW. These educational programs are used on almost 700 campuses nationwide. Alcohol Edu helps empower students to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and will help them reflect on and consider issues related to college drinking. Haven provides students with information about healthy relationships, the importance of consent, how to help a friend and the many ways you can support a safe and positive campus experience.
  3. Mandatory Employee Education: New employees must complete the Sexual Misconduct and Duty to Report training within 90 days of hire. This required course includes vital background information pertaining to laws and definitions of sexual misconduct, outlines every employee’s responsibility to report sexual misconduct, and provides useful information on what happens after an incident is reported. This training is offered in person and as an online module. To view the schedule and registration instructions for either the online or in-person sessions, click here. For questions or to schedule a training session for your unit, department or college, please call Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at 766-3459.

Thank you for helping to sustain this effort to make our campus a safer place to live, study and grow. I will keep you informed on other steps we are taking to improve campus safety and how you may help. 

Sincerely,

Laurie Nichols
UW President


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