In working to continually find better ways to prevent and respond to
cases of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct, the University of
Cincinnati is adding to the range of options it already offers in the
form of advocacy, training, prevention and resources related to
an agreement between UCs Division of Student Affairs and Women
Helping Women (WHW), the community organization is providing two full-time, on-campus, confidential advocates to provide comprehensive support
to those who have or are experiencing (or have witnessed) gender-based
violence, such as sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking.
- Starting in this new role on Oct. 20 is Courtney Harchaoui. She can be reached by stopping by 559 Steger Student Life Center, at 513-556-4418, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Starting as a second confidential advocate on Nov. 1 as part of the same agreement is Susan Pelle. She can be reached by stopping by 559 Steger Student Life Center, at 513-556-4418, or via e-mail at email@example.com
These advocates will provide confidential services that
are focused on the survivor and include individual crisis intervention,
hospital accompaniment, campus reporting assistance, accompaniment through Title IX and law enforcement or legal processes, assistance with
campus-based accommodations, referrals for health and wellness
services, and assistance with interim measures. While primarily focused on serving all students, the advocate will also be
available to campus faculty and staff as well.
In addition to these full-time, on-campus advocates, the Women Helping Women hotline is available 24/7 at
, the WHW hotline.
new advocates, to be dedicated to serving the campus community, will
provide confidential support for students. We believe survivors, and we
support survivors. The advocate's role is to listen to the survivor,
outline options, link survivors to services that they want and to focus
on empowerment," said Kristin Smith Shrimplin, president and CEO of WHW.
According to Debra Merchant, vice president of UCs Division of
Student Affairs, students need a variety of support options, and this
new partnership with WHW provides another confidential support on
campus, in the same way that there are counselors in UCs Counseling and
Psychological Services who specifically provide assistance to survivors
of sexual assault or harassment.
She stated, This adds to what
we can provide to students. Some of the support is what we call
confidential (like that offered by a counselor or this advocate). Some
of it is what we call non-confidential or of public record, like going
to UCPD. In order to provide the best service, its important to provide
these confidential options as well.
Other Title IX News:
- With the start of the new school year, UC expanded prevention options with new bystander training.
- With the start of the new school year, UC has developed a Support Services Coordination Team to bring together all those addressing gender-based violence and sexual assault.
- UC has added two Title IX investigators
and recently hosted (on Aug. 15-16) a level-one Title IX investigator
training session, led by the Association of Title IX Administrators.
incoming UC students take 'Think About It' online training highlighting
the role alcohol often plays in terms of sexual assault. That training
also focuses on accountability and consequences, laws and policies
governing sexual assault.
- The new offerings add to
those already available to students, including confidential medical
services, UCPDs victim services coordinator, and UCs Counseling and
Psychological Services Center 24/7 service to students in crisis due to
sexual harassment, misconduct and assault. For a complete list of
resources, visit UCs Title IX site.