At AUM, the safety and security of our students is a top priority. It’s important that you know the expectation in your role as staff and faculty. We encourage you to review any of the areas below for more information.
There may be a time when an employee or AUM representative becomes aware of behaviors that are disruptive or of concern. Once they are made aware, regardless of how they choose to respond, the University has been put on notice and will be held liable for the action or inaction that is taken. We recognize that a natural inclination may be to avoid it, resolve it, let the parties work it out, etc. However, in situations that could involved harassment of any type, we are required by law to do more. Additionally, employees and those representing AUM have to consider that they are not necessarily privy to all the information (similar incidents, past decisions, new rulings, etc.) needed to make the necessary determinations in these types of situations. As such, in order to protect everyone, each employee should notify the Office of Human Resources immediately once they are made aware or receive a complaint of:
- Hostile environment
- Sexual misconduct
- Criminal activities
- FERPA violations
- Sexual harassment
- Threats of violence
Please note that there is no specific language that the student must use. However, if there is a belief or suspicion that an incident has occurred, send the employee/student to the Office of Human Resources and follow-up with the Chief HR Officer, Jeanine Boddie-LaVan, at 334-244-3639 to personally ensure that the situation has been redirected appropriately. We want to work with the leadership on our campus to be vigilant about preventing and immediately correcting these behaviors and ensuring a culture and a workplace free from criminal, discriminatory, and harassing behaviors.
- If a student requests that his or her name not be used, all reasonable steps will be taken to respond and investigate consistent with the request, so long as doing so does not prevent the school from responding effectively and preventing the harassment of other students or the complainant. This does limit the University’s ability to respond.
- If a student desires that details of the incident be kept confidential, the student should speak with on-campus counselors, campus health service providers, or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality.
- Students are encouraged to speak to officials of the institution to make formal reports of incidents (i.e. deans, senior staff, or other administrators with supervisory responsibilities, campus security, Title IX Coordinator, and human resources). The University considers these people to be “responsible employees” and notice to them is official notice to the institution.
Academic Accommodations and Interim Measures
As an employee, your services may be required to facilitate an accommodation for a student. Those requests may include, but are not limited to:
- Academic Schedules: Any student who has been affected by sexual misconduct who wishes to change his/her classroom or academic situation may discuss various options. Options include total University withdrawal, discrete course withdrawal, the ability to retake a class, tutoring or change of section.
- Campus Room or Apartment: Any student who has been affected by sexual misconduct has the option of changing his/her on-campus housing assignment if alternate housing is reasonably available. If not, other options can be considered.
- Interim Protective Measures: The University may take interim steps for the complainant as necessary before the final outcome of an investigation. Measures include, but are not limited to, no contact agreements, no trespass orders, interim suspension, and temporary removal from University housing may be taken if deemed appropriate.
All members of the AUM community are responsible for contributing to a safe and welcoming environment. The following steps can be taken by anyone to ensure our campus remains as safe as possible.
- Remember that no one has the right to be violent, even if two people are dating.
- Be honest and direct whenever possible.
- Speak up when you hear threatening language.
- Hold people accountable for their actions.
- Respectfully challenge comments that are inappropriate because of gender.
- Recruit help if necessary.
- Remember to keep yourself safe and if things get out of hand or become too serious, contact campus police.