Summer 2017 Newsletter
Together Against Sexual Violence
Reporting options and support resources at Western
Western is committed to ensuring learning and working environments free of discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Students, faculty and staff who have experienced any type of sexual misconduct, including sexual violence perpetrated by a student, may report such behavior to the Equal Opportunity Office/Title IX Coordinator, University Police (on-campus incidents) and/or Bellingham Police (for off-campus incidents).
CASAS, the Counseling Center and the Student Health Center continue to provide confidential support, mental health care, and medical care for students who experience sexual violence. For faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program continues to provide confidential support, and Human Resources administers protected leave related to sexual violence. All students, faculty and staff may also wish to contact confidential resources off campus, such as Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County (DVSAS) in downtown Bellingham, the Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline, the Northwest Network for Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse, and RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).
Western’s Together Against Sexual Violence webpage, accessed via a link on the bottom of the university home page, provides information about reporting options and confidential resources, as well as details about how to support survivors.
Haven training for students, faculty and staff
All new Western employees are required to complete Haven for Faculty and Staff, an online training that raises awareness about sexual violence, provides tools to engage as a bystander and support survivors, and discusses the rights and responsibilities of both employees and students under Western policy, Title IX, and other civil rights laws. Any Western employee may participate in the online Haven training by going here. All new matriculating Western students are required to complete Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault. This version of Haven is specifically tailored towards students. Read more about the Haven trainings at http://www.wwu.edu/eoo/training.shtml.