Members of the Lawrence community who have been affected by sexual misconduct are strongly encouraged to seek assistance. Counselors or SHARE confidential resources can help you with a variety of on- and off-campus services. Advocates can contact university offices to arrange and coordinate support. They can be with you, act as your voice (if you want), and help minimize barriers to accessing the resources you desire. Their aim is to make certain you feel safe and have the support you need. They will ask you what your comfort level is and help you accordingly.
If you need immediate help, counselors or SHARE confidential resources can:
- Call Campus Safety to get you escorted to a safe place.
- Contact Counseling Services for immediate (24-hour) consultation or assistance.
- Coordinate local hospital medical care, including a free SANE exam. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are specially trained and certified professionals skilled in performing these medical exams. There is no charge for this exam, and materials collected during the exam are saved as possible evidence should you need them later. Advocates will arrange transportation to the hospital and stay with you during this process if you so choose.
- Contact the Appleton Police Department to arrange for police to investigate allegations of criminal activity and collect evidence for criminal proceedings. An advocate can stay to provide emotional support during the police interview.
- Contact the Sexual Assault Crisis Center-Fox Cities to arrange for a free advocate to be present during a SANE exam or police interview and to access other support services.
Counselors or SHARE confidential resources can also help those affected by or accused of misconduct to receive or coordinate services from any of the following:
- Counseling Services for individual counseling, access to support groups, and education on appropriate conduct.
- Office of Student Affairs to arrange protective measures such as a campus safety escort, residence hall/room change, or no-contact order.
- Center for Academic Success (formerly Student Academic Services) to arrange temporary academic accommodations such as excused absences, extended deadlines, or incompletes.
- Provost’s Office to request that a faculty member be counseled about appropriate conduct and communication.
- Human Resources for advice on employee benefits, such as the Employee Assistance Program, or to address employee misbehavior.
With your permission, a counselor or SHARE confidential resource can also:
- Report misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, who can provide information about the sexual misconduct policy and procedures, initiate an investigation at your request, arrange for someone to be counseled about consequences for conduct, and advise the university on actions needed to improve campus safety.
- File a complaint of sexual misconduct with the university. Complaints are investigated to determine whether this policy has been violated and to sanction those found in violation. Complaints help the university uncover patterns of misconduct and take action to make the campus safer for everyone.