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Sexual Misconduct, Stalking and Harassment
CEW has a long history of working to combat sexual harassment and violence against women. Through our continuing partnerships, a number of resources are available to help you.
For University students, faculty or staff who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence or stalking, download Our Community Matters for complete guidance on University and community support and reporting resources.
The UM Student Sexual Misconduct Policy addresses sexual and gender-based misconduct and other forms of interpersonal violence. This is also known as the University's Title IX policy.
For intimate partner ("domestic") violence resources in Washtenaw and surrounding counties, click here or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (free and confidential) at 1.800.799.7233.
CEW Collaborations Address Campus Sexual Misconduct
Under the leadership of CEW's now retired Associate Director for Advocacy, Susan Kaufmann, significant improvements were made in University and community response protocols following sexual assault, including:
- Creation of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program operated jointly by the University of Michigan Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital to improve nursing care and forensic evidence collection following sexual assaults
- Creation of the Sexual Assault Response Team bringing together specially trained nurses, advocates and police officers
- Placement of safety phones in Ann Arbor parks and parking structures
- Improved coordination among law enforcement, health care and service/advocacy organizations
- Improvements in the student sexual misconduct policy.
CEW continues to maintain collaborative relationships with the UM Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center; the UM Office of Institutional Equity, which handles sexual harassment prevention and resolution; and SafeHouse Center, which provides sexual assault and domestic violence services for Washtenaw County. The Alternatives to Domestic Aggression program of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County is another valuable resource for people seeking to end their use of violence in intimate relationships.
UM Policies on Sexual Harassment & Relationships
CEW staff members were instrumental in successfully urging changes to improve the effectiveness of the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (SPG 201.89) and supporting creation of the Faculty-Student Relationships Policy (SPG 601.22) and Employee-Student Relationships Policy (SPG 601.22-1).
Abuse Hurts Initiative
CEW partnered with University Human Resources to create the Abuse Hurts Initiative, a comprehensive, coordinated approach to dating and domestic violence and sexual assault within the University of Michigan community. This partnership trained human resource professionals across campus. The Abuse Hurts! website provides information for survivors, managers and colleagues.