Annual Title IX Report for 2015-2016

A. Background and Summary

This annual report highlights and assesses the effectiveness of anti-harassment efforts at the University of Montana. It covers the period from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. 1 Safety is an essential and ongoing priority for our learning environment. Efforts focus on education and prevention, clear policies, reporting, collaboration across the campus and across the Missoula community, and student and employee involvement. Collaboration continues between University groups such as the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC), the University Police Department (UMPD), the Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Students, Residence Life professionals and student staff, and academic advisors. In addition, the University remained active in the community coalitions such as JUST Response, formed to prevent and respond to sexual violence and discrimination in Missoula, Montana. Highlights of activities are summarized below:

Resources and Policies:

  • Web Resources: A comprehensive “Campus Safety” link on the University home page gives immediate access to Policies, Online Reporting and resources.
  • A Title IX webpage is hosted on the Equal Opportunity website. That page contains information on: Reporting, Title IX at the University of Montana, the University Investigation Process, What Employees Need to Know, What Complainants Need to Know, What Respondents Need to Know, and Title IX Resources.
  • Posters and flyers have been distributed on “Reporting Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, and Interpersonal Violence at the University of Montana,” and “Resources Available for Students.” They cover information on employee mandated reporting, confidential resources, the Title IX Coordinator, and how to report.
  • Notices and information about the Title IX Coordinator were widely disseminated to the University community.
  • All new Griz Cards (student IDs) are printed with contact information for UM Police, Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Students, and SARC.
  • A description of the Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Retaliation policy and procedures is cross-referenced in the University Student Conduct Code.

Education and Prevention