Sexual Assault Seminar
The welfare of our students is our top priority. Sexual assault awareness and prevention are important issues within our campus community. Each year, the Office of Residence Life teams up with local professionals to sponsor specific training to the professional and student Residence Life staff. Hall Directors and Resident Assistants provide a most valuable resource to students in times of challenge. In addition to their response to incidents, staff also promote educational programs aimed at raising student awareness on the issue of sexual assault and prevention.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
The University educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through mandatory freshman orientations each fall. The University of Dubuque's Resident Life Department offers sexual assault education and information programs to University students, and the Human Resources Department provides it to employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction, and University response is available through the Office of Resident Life and the Human Resources Department. Anyone who is a victim of a sexual assault should make getting to a place of safety his/her first priority, and once safety has been established obtain necessary medical treatment. The University Safety and Security Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident immediately. Once reported, the victim will receive the necessary medical treatment and tests as well as free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact that takes place without consent; it's a crime of violence and control that can happen to anyone. The Dubuque Department of Public Health trains, certifies and supports registered nurses and physicians to provide quality care and collect forensic evidence pertaining to sexual assaults. Victims who have been sexually assaulted or abused and whose primary language is not English can work with (trained interpreters) who will accompany the Counselor/Advocates. The interpreters can help with telephone communication, counseling, and advocacy, allowing Victims/Survivors to address their feelings as well as their logistical needs in their native languages.
If a University of Dubuque student who is a victim of sexual assault or relationship violence requests a change in her or his living arrangements or academic schedule, the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Residence Life will assist the student in making changes to the student's living or academic arrangements as long as those changes are reasonably available.
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