Under Title IX regulations, the Campus Victim Services Coordinator (CVSC) is not required to report sexual assault incidences to school authorities. Students can meet with CVSC to receive emotional support; referrals to campus and community resources; administrative support throughout the reporting, investigation, and hearing process; psychoeducation on the impact of trauma and cycle of violence. Advocacy services by the CVSC are always trauma-informed, survivor-centered, empowerment-based, and available to any student in the campus community regardless of where and when an incident took place.
According to Jill Davies, a safety plan is an individualized plan that victims/survivors develop to reduce the risks they face. These plans include strategies to reduce the risk of physical violence and other harm caused by a perpetrator and also include strategies to maintain basic human needs such as income, housing, health care, food, child care, and education.
Please see the following documents to assist you with safety planning. Working with a trained advocate such as the Campus Victim Services Coordinator will help you to develop a comprehensive safety plan.
A Guide to Safety Planning »
Safety Plan Worksheet »
Support groups are available once a semester for a time period of 8-10 weeks for students who have experienced dating violence, and/or sexual violence. This group is focused on building healthy coping skills in order to better handle the effects of trauma. Survivors often report a feeling of isolation after their assault or abusive relationship. This group will help you to connect with other survivors who are often experiencing the same types of effects from their trauma. This weekly group meets in a private setting on campus for approximately 1.5 hours. After attending the support group, students will:
Please contact the Campus Victim Services coordinator to schedule an intake appointment.
William Paterson University encourages survivors of sexual violence and dating/domestic violence to talk to someone about what happened – so survivors can get the support they need. Within WP, a survivor can speak with a knowledgeable employee and the University can respond appropriately. Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a survivor’s confidentiality.
Privileged & Confidential Counselors
Non-Confidential Resources A “responsible employee” is a university employee who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. When a survivor tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the survivor has the right to expect the University to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably. A responsible employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about the alleged sexual violence shared by the survivor and that the University will need to determine what happened – including the names of the survivor and alleged perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the alleged incident. To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the University’s response to the report. A responsible employee should not share information with law enforcement without the survivor’s consent or unless the survivor has also reported the incident to law enforcement.
ALL STAFF* AND FACULTY (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE LISTED ABOVE UNDER PRIVILEGED & CONFIDENTIAL) SERVE AS RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYEES
*Please note that certain student employees (Resident Assistants, Peer Health Advocates, Peer Leaders, Student Patrol) are required to report incidents of sexual violence to their supervisors who fall into this category of “Non-Confidential Resources” and will be required to report to the Title IX Coordinator.
Title IX Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in education programs and activities (such as housing, athletics, and employment) at universities that receive federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. Title IX mandates the University to designate a Title IX Coordinator who oversees all Title IX complaints and meets with students as needed. To report an incident of sexual violence, please contact: Title IX Coordinator Ugonma Chukwunyere College Hall, Room 120 Office: 973-720-2389 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to File a Criminal Complaint If a student reports sexual violence and/or dating violence to the William Paterson University Police Department, the police will conduct an investigation and assist the survivor in filing criminal charges against the alleged perpetrator. If the incident occurred off campus, the University Police can assist the survivor in informing the appropriate municipal police department. University Police can also facilitate the request of a protective restraining order for domestic and dating violence incidents. If you wish to report an incident of sexual violence or dating violence, please contact the University Police at the number below, or go directly to the Campus Police station located on the campus of WPU. William Paterson University Police Department Emergencies: 911 Non-Emergencies: 973-720-2300
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