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IF YOU HAVE BEEN ACCUSED

SEXUAL VIOLENCE INFORMATION & TRAINING


Something happened to me and I think I’ve been raped. How do I know?

Rape, or sexual assault, occurs when an individual has sexual contact with another person without the consent of that person.

If you wish to speak to someone about what happened, please visit Get Help.

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What constitutes consent?

In Wisconsin, “consent” is defined as “words or overt actions by a person who is competent to give informed consent, indicating a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact. A person is unable to give consent if the person is incapacitated because of drugs, alcohol, physical or intellectual disability, or unconsciousness.”[§ 940.225(4), Wis. Stats.].

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How do I know if I’ve given consent or if my partner has given consent?

Let’s look at a couple examples:

  1. Tim and Ashley meet at a party, and have an immediate attraction.  Later in the night, Tim notices Ashley is having a hard time standing on her own, is slurring her speech, and even leaves to throw up. When Tim asks if Ashley wants to have sex with him, Ashley is unable to respond. Tim has sex with Ashley.

    Tim has violated the Sexual Violence Policy.(Please create link) Ashley has not consented because she is incapacitated by alcohol or drugs and thus unable to freely agree to sexual contact with Tim.

  2. Kevin and Darius go on a great first date together, and decide to watch a movie in Kevin’s dorm room.  The two begin to kiss, when Kevin asks Darius if he wants to have sex. Darius is surprised things are progressing so quickly, and is uncomfortable and not ready to have sex. He says nothing, and is very stiff as Kevin begins to have intercourse with him.

    Kevin has violated the Sexual Violence Policy.(Please create link). Darius did not “indicate a freely given agreement to have sexual intercourse or sexual contact.” Although a verbal response is not mandatory, it should be clear through either words or actions that both parties are willing to engage in sexual activity.

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I’ve experienced sexual violence. Where can I go for help?

If you, or someone you know, is in danger or needs immediate help, call 911.
If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual violence or harassment but are not in immediate danger,
here are support resources.

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I’ve been sexually assaulted. Can I get a professional medical exam?

You can get a medical exam within 120 hours (5 days) of your assault by an expert Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE).  SANEs specialize in providing timely medical care and emotional support, using legally sound forensic methods that will preserve evidence for court. These examinations are more commonly known as a “rape kit.”

If you are seeking a medical exam after 120 hours (5 days), please follow up with your healthcare provider.

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If I talk to a campus resource or my Employee Assistance Program, will my personal information, such as my name, be kept confidential?

Those who are identified as Confidential Employees or Confidential Resources will not report specific information concerning a report of sexual violence or sexual harassment without an individual’s consent. Other employees at UW-System institutions cannot maintain confidentiality.

A Confidential Employee is any employee who is a licensed medical, clinical, or mental health professional, when acting in that role in the provision of services to a patient or client who is a university student or employee. Confidential Employees at Stout include providers working at the Counseling Center and Student Health Services, or through the Employee Assistance Program.

Confidential Resources are individuals or agencies in the community, whose professional license or certification permits that individual or agency to preserve the confidentiality of the patient or client. In Menomonie, this includes staff at The Bridge to Hope.

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I just want to talk to someone and I don’t want to file a report, or I’m not ready to decide if I want to report yet. Can I still get help?

Yes. See the previous question for information on Confidential Employees and Confidential Resources at UW-Stout. These offices/agencies can provide support and information about your options, while maintaining confidentiality.

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If I experienced sexual violence off-campus or before I enrolled or started working in the UW System, can I still get help?

Yes. Local, campus, state, and national resources are available to all students and employees.

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I’m concerned that the person who did this to me might retaliate.

When an individual reports an act of sexual violence against them, that individual is offered what is sometimes referred to as “interim measures”—steps that can be taken to support that person’s welfare during a sexual violence investigation.  These may include no contact orders, counseling, changing residence halls, and classroom changes among other things.  In some cases, the accused individual may be placed on emergency suspension.

In addition, university policies prohibit retaliation.  If you think someone is retaliating against you based on your reporting of an incident, contact a UW-Stout Title IX Coordinator

Some individuals also want to obtain a restraining order.  UW-Stout Police can provide you information about restraining orders should you choose to pursue this option.

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I haven’t decided if I want to file a report yet. Can I talk to someone to better understand my options?

Yes. UW-Stout has confidential resources(please create link) that do not require you to file a report. You can also connect with state resources such as Bridge to Hope, WCASA, DAIS, End Abuse Wisconsin, and Forge.

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How do I file a formal report about sexual violence I’ve experienced?

The easiest way to file a report is to click on the FILE A REPORT button found on this page. Additional reporting options are outlined at Reporting Options.

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Can I report anonymously?

Yes. The Dean of Students Office, University Police, the Menomonie Police Department, and most community agencies will allow you to submit an anonymous report.  However, please be aware that filing an anonymous report may limit the actions that can be taken on your behalf.

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Will information that I report be confidential?

The confidentiality of the information depends on to whom the information is reported.  UW-Stout has confidential resources (please create link), such as trained counselors, whose professional license requires them to maintain confidentiality.  Many professional advocates likewise may maintain confidentiality.  Other individuals, such as Title IX Coordinators, police officers, or deans of students, cannot guarantee confidentiality.  However, all these individuals will treat the information sensitively.

If the individual is a minor and is a victim of sexual violence, any UW-System employee must report this to proper authorities because they are mandatory reporters for child abuse and neglect.


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If I do file a report, will there be an investigation?

A UW-Stout Title IX coordinator will determine if the complaint necessitates an investigation.  In many cases, an investigation is conducted following a report of sexual violence or harassment.

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Will the university investigation result in disciplinary action for the accused?

Much like in a civil court case, respondents must be found responsible by a preponderance of the evidence.  If the evidence in the case is found to have met this standard, the appropriate disciplinary action will be applied.  See Reporting Options to learn more about the disciplinary process.

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What is the UW System’s policy on retaliation against someone who files a formal report?

Retaliation against those who are involved in the reporting of an incident of sexual violence or harassment is explicitly prohibited  UW-Stout will identify remedies for those who have been subject to retaliation under the Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy.

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Where can I go for information and help if I’ve been accused of sexual violence or harassment?

A UW-Stout Title IX Coordinator will provide information, resources, and  a timeline regarding the complaint against you.  Additionally, the Wisconsin Administrative Code and related policies outline the disciplinary procedures for faculty, staff, and students [UWS 4,7,11, and 17; UPS Operational Policy GEN 28, and GEN 14].

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What are my rights as an accused individual?

Accused students and employees have certain rights, which include the right to written notice of the allegations; the right to provide relevant information and evidence and names of relevant witnesses as part of the investigation; the right to request or be granted a hearing; rights associated with the hearing; the right to a written and timely decision outlining the results of the investigation, explaining the basis of the conclusion, and outlining the proper course of appeal. Lastly, you have the right to appeal the outcome.  For more information, contact a UW-Stout Title IX Coordinator.

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If I’ve been accused, should I hire an attorney?

The choice of whether to hire an attorney is a personal one.  The role of attorneys in disciplinary proceedings is addressed in applicable policies and varies from the attorney serving only as an adviser to the attorney serving as a representative.  Contact the UW-Stout Title IX Coordinator for additional information on an attorney’s role at your institution.

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What is the difference between sexual violence, sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, and Title IX?

“Sexual violence” is used on this website as an umbrella term to refer to instances of sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

Sexual assault is defined by Wisconsin statute §940.225 as sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without the consent of that person.

Rape is a severe form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape [Wis. Stat. §940.225]. For its Uniform Crime Reports, the FBI defines rape as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” RAINN. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that affects employment or education and interferes with work or academic performance.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination in educational programs on the basis of sex.  It states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”  The courts and federal agencies have interpreted Title IX to cover certain action or inaction by colleges and universities related to sexual violence on campus.  Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 20 U.S.C. §§1681 et seq. 

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What can I do to help as a member of the UW-Stout community?

  • All students, faculty and employees must receive appropriate sexual violence and harassment training.  Such training particularly addresses the notion of bystander intervention, which seeks to change social norms supporting sexual violence and empower individuals to intervene with peers to prevent violence from occurring.  See, e.g, Sexual Violence: Prevention Strategies from the CDC.

  • All employees who witnesses a sexual assault on campus or receive a report from a student enrolled at UW-Stout that they have been sexually assaulted shall report to the dean of students of the institution. This is a requirement of state law.

  • In addition, certain employees who are designated as “responsible employees” have additional reporting obligations.

  • All members should strive to do their part to help promote cultural and societal change in the area of sexual violence.

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What are the sexual violence education and training requirements for students and employees at UW-Stout?

All current employees and students must complete appropriate web-based training modules covering the general topics of sexual violence and harassment on campus.  All new employees must complete the training within one month of their start date.

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What concepts are covered in the UW-System’s education and training program?

General training for employees and students includes such information as sexual harassment prevention, Title IX, the Campus SaVE Act, VAWA, Title VII, and bystander intervention.

In addition, employees with higher-level responsibilities, such as supervisors, managers, directors, responsible employees, investigators, hearing examiners and panels, and campus police will receive additional training in the following areas:

  1. Setting expectations for harassment-free workplaces, classrooms, and campus environments

  2. Preventing unlawful harassment

  3. Responding to Title IX and VAWA complaints and reports

  4. Reporting requirements of the Clery Act and under state law

  5. Specifying when the disciplinary process regarding sexual violence or harassment is involved

  6. Employing survivor and trauma-informed interventions and strategies

  7. Identifying roles and responsibilities of Title IX coordinators and deputy coordinators

  8. Identifying employees serving in the role of investigator

  9. Identifying employees and students serving on hearing panels

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Do I have to take the education and training every year?

All students must complete the training within the first six weeks of the start of their first semester enrolled at the institution, and complete a refresher training annually.

All employees must complete the training in 2017, and complete a refresher training at least once every three years.

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Do students, faculty, and employees take the same education and training course?

No. Although some of the topics will be the same, others are tailored specifically towards either the employment context or student experience.

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