In Spring 2021, students presented 17 requests to the administration in the interest of keeping UVM’s campus safe for everyone. Following constructive conversations with student government and other representative bodies, the administration committed to meeting the requests. The cross-departmental effort is coordinated by several senior leaders and various UVM support services.
This web page is intended to aggregate updates in one place, so they may be easily found for all who are interested. The summary below provides a quick look at the status of each request. More detailed information is provided in the update messages linked below.
Updates on This Topic:
Our Sincere Commitment to Prevention, Safety, and Support
A Message From Erica Caloiero, Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Candidate Presentations: Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator
UVM has identified three finalists for the newly created role of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator. Candidates will participate in a final round of virtual interviews with various groups of students and staff. To broaden the opportunity for students to hear from each candidate, we have asked them to prepare a brief presentation that will be open to all students via Microsoft Teams Live. Candidates will present for approximately 30 minutes, leaving about 15 minutes at the end for questions fielded from the audience.
Schedule for candidate presentations:
Wednesday, December 1: 12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. (Elliot Ruggles)
Friday, December 3: 12:00 p.m.– 12:45 p.m. (Emily Smith)
Thursday, December 9: 12:00 p.m.– 12:45 p.m. (Anna Hand)
UVM Responds to Spring 2021 Student Requests
|Request||Status||Summary of Actions|
|UVM conduct an independent investigation into the UVM’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Title IX Office, including the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy IX Coordinator, Title IX Intake and Outreach Coordinator, and all investigators to restore the UVM student body’s trust.|
|Commissioned independent, external review of intake and investigatory processes in Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity for complaints of sexual misconduct; began implementation of all recommendations. Read the Report.|
|We encourage UVM to research, review, and create an internship or volunteer program for undergraduate students in the College of Education and Social Services who are interested in gaining experience in the field of sexual violence advocacy and hope to support student survivors. We encourage UVM administrators to refer to Boston University Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center which provides undergraduate students with these opportunities.|
|Reviewed programs at Boston University and other institutions; formal internship planning is on track for Fall 2022 launch; volunteer opportunities are in planning stages for Spring 2022.|
|The Vice Provost for Student Affairs and UVM Title IX Director review every survey response given by UVM Students in the survey created by Explain The Asterisk founder and Title IX Student Advisory Committee member, in order to effectively understand the University’s systemic failure to support survivors of sexual violence on our campus thus far.|
|Reviewed every survey response provided on July 1, 2021.|
|The UVM Title IX Advisory Committee continue to meet throughout the Summer and Fall of 2021 with the Title IX Intake and Outreach Coordinator and Vice Provost for Student Affairs to assess current sexual violence prevention and healthy relationship education efforts and recommend enhancements, including enhancements that extend beyond students’ first year.|
|Met with student leaders during summer and early Fall 2021; Created role of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator; Established a Student Sexual Violence Prevention Council to advise new Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator.|
|Every counselor employed through UVM Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS) undergo annual training on how to support survivors of sexual abuse, violence, and harassment.|
|Enhanced training on sexual violence and trauma-informed support for staff in Center for Health and Well Being, including counselors in UVM Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS).|
|All those employed by UVM Police are required to undergo annual training on sexual violence, domestic violence, gender-based violence, sexual harassment, and stalking in order to better support all student survivors at UVM, annual training should result in all members of the UVM Police to be able to effectively communicate on-campus and off-campus resources available to students at the University.|
|Enhanced training on sexual violence and trauma-informed support for staff in UVM Police Services.|
|UVM’s Department of Residential Life requires all Residential Advisors to undergo sexual violence and harassment training each semester to understand how to effectively support students and to be able to effectively communicate on-campus resources available to students at the University.|
|Enhanced training on sexual violence and trauma-informed support for staff Residential Life and student Residential Advisors.|
|The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life enforce every recognized UVM Fraternity to attend sexual violence, harassment, or healthy relationship training once each semester, and report their chapter attendance rates on the UVM lynx. Should Fraternity attendance rates fall below 70% for 2 consecutive semesters, we demand that the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life place said Fraternity on probation effective immediately.|
|Implemented Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Education Training required for all students, every year (includes fraternities and sororities). Updated Fraternity and Sorority Life Standards of Recognition to reflect participation requirements and consequences for failing to meet requirements.|
|Director of Athletics, Jeff Schulman, require all UVM sports teams to attend sexual violence, harassment, or healthy relationship training at least once each semester.|
|Implemented Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Education Training required for all students, every year (includes athletic teams). UVM Athletics committed to additional on-going training and education about sexual misconduct for student-athletes and staff.|
|Student Government Association, henceforth referred to as SGA, attend sexual violence, harassment, and/or healthy relationship training at least once each semester.|
|Implemented Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Education Training required for all students, every year (includes SGA).|
|UVM SGA requires all SGA clubs and organizations to complete sexual violence, harassment, and/or healthy relationship training annually to retain SGA recognition.|
|Implemented Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Education Training required for all students, every year (includes SGA and SGA-approved student organizations).|
|UVM GSS requires all senators, the executive council, GSS clubs, and GTAs/GRAs/GAs to complete sexual violence, harassment, and/or healthy relationship training annually.|
|Implemented Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Education Training required for all students, every year (includes GSS, GTAs, GRAs, GAs).|
|The Title IX Office seeks to better and more effectively advertise to UVM students that the Title IX Office can help students outside of a formal reporting process.|
|Updated Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO, the administrative home of UVM's Title IX Coordinator) communications and procedures to reflect support services available to students outside the administrative reporting and resolution process; enhancing web pages and campus awareness through a coordinated campaign in Spring 2021.|
|The UVM administration hires between three-four more Campus Victims’ Advocates to serve as confidential counselors to all undergraduate student survivors of sexual misconduct effective Fall 2021. UVM create a 24/7, 365 day-a-year hotline specifically for student survivors of sexual violence and harassment.|
|Contracted with HOPE Works for 24/7 survivor and ally support, including availability of appointments on campus.|
|UVM administration seeks to review a diverse pool of Campus Victims’ Advocates, as sexual violence affects all UVM students including BIPOC, AAPI, LGBTQ+, and male-identifying individuals on our campus.|
|HOPE Works provides 24/7 access to crisis counselors with diverse identities.|
|UVM establish a Sexual Violence Response Team as a part of the University’s Student Health Services Department. The Sexual Violence Response Team must include 5 employees including a Director, an Assistant Director, and three to four Campus Victims’ Advocates effective fall 2021.|
|Formalized Sexual Misconduct Response Team with representation from key university offices to ensure coordinated and multi-disciplinary response to reported incidents.|
|UVM continues to fund, support, and advertise the UVM LiveSafe App throughout Academic Year 2022 as the App allows students to report sexual violence or harassment privately from their phone with the option to attach videos, audio files, and pictures if they choose.|
|Committed to ongoing support and promotion of LiveSafe app. Additionally, renewed effort to maintain Blue Light security system across campus.|
Sexual violence crisis counseling
24/7 phone hotline: 802-863-1236
On-campus appointments with advocates can be made by using this same number.
UVM has several Title IX Coordinators who each handle different aspects of Title IX compliance.
Title IX Coordinator: Nick Stanton
Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Athletics: Cathleen Rahill
Title IX Intake and Outreach Coordinator: Taryn Moran
Request immediate help from anywhere. Anonymously report incidents. Walk home safely by inviting contacts to digitally follow you on a real-time map.
Confidential mental health support
Schedule drop-in style conversations with counselors via MyWellbeing
Student health services
Student-generated drop-in space supported by CAPS that welcomes all genders, sexualities, and identities.
Serving all genders and working toward equity on our campus and in our world.
Support, education and outreach for male students
Last Updated: November 30, 2021