Students: Know Your Rights

At AUM, the safety and security of our students is a top priority. It’s important that you know your rights as a student, and also how you can be proactive in having a productive, safe, and enjoyable college career. We encourage you to review the areas below for more information on what you can expect of your fellow students and faculty, as well as strategies to help others and protect yourself.

Key Areas that Title IX covers
Title IX covers these areas for students: Access to higher education; athletics; career education; education for pregnant and parenting students; employment; learning environment; math and science; sexual harassment; and standardized testing.

Confidentiality 

  • 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 Authorities, the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinators, 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 sex/gender discrimination or harassment 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, receive tutoring or change the section.
  • Campus Room or Apartment: Any student who has been affected by sex/gender discrimination or harassment 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.

Bystander Intervention 
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.
  • Recruit help if necessary.
  • Stay safe and if things get out of hand or become too serious, contact campus police at 334-244-3424.

Tips for reducing risks of becoming a victim 

  • If you have limits, make them known as early as possible.
  • Tell a sexual aggressor “NO” clearly and firmly.
  • Try to remove yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
  • Find someone nearby and ask for help.
  • Take affirmative responsibility for your alcohol intake or drug use and acknowledge that alcohol and drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
  • Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you. A real friend will challenge you if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them when they do.

Tips for reducing risks of being accused 

  • Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
  • Understand and respect personal boundaries.
  • DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about consent; about someone’s availability; about whether they are attracted to you; about how far you can go or about whether they are physically and/or mentally able to consent. Never take advantage of someone who is intoxicated or under the influence of a substance. If there are any questions or ambiguity, then you DO NOT have consent.
  • Mixed messages from your partner are a clear indication that you should stop, defuse any sexual tension and communicate better.
  • Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size. Don’t abuse that power.
  • Understand that consent to some form of sexual behavior does not automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior.
  • Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent. Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.