University Police. The University of Montana is home to its own department of sworn police officers available 24 hours a day to respond to and investigate all crimes and enforce federal, state and local laws. UMPD employs a community liaison officer who serves as an important link between UM and the Missoula community, as well as area officers who work closely with RAs in the residence halls. Officers are available across campus to meet students, talk with them and serve as a resource to them.
Student Involvement. An intensified series of forums and discussions regarding sexual assault began in early 2012. The series has included the Men Can Stop Rape program, which helped launch the Men of Strength club on campus to engage our male students more fully in prevention efforts. The club sponsors awareness events such as "Take Back the Oval," a yearly event protesting violence of all kinds, and held a trivia night to promote dialogue. The group also works with the Student Advocacy Resource Center Outreach program. Additionally, our students have held on-campus forums and participated in a Montana University System forum during Spring Semester 2012.
Community Partners. The University has strong partnerships with many organizations that are working to create a safe and healthy community.
- Multidisciplinary Task Force. Missoula has an extraordinary resource in the Multidisciplinary Task Force, whose purpose is to maintain a unified approach to child abuse and sexual assault in Missoula County and other jurisdictions. UM is an active participant on the task force, which also includes law enforcement officers, prosecutors, medical and health care providers, social services professionals and victim advocates, all working together to coordinate victim services.
- It's Your Call Missoula. UM has teamed up with the City of Missoula on a public education campaign, It's Your Call Missoula, encouraging victims of sexual assault and rape to call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance and access to information about victim resources. Information is available at missoula911.com.
- Make Your Move Missoula. An innovative campaign to engage allies to prevent sexual violence in the greater Missoula area, Make Your Move! is a multifaceted, interagency approach that creates long-term, positive change in the community by changing the beliefs and behaviors that support sexual violence, thus creating a safer and healthier community.