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Title IX Coordinator

Title IX Coordinator: Nizam Arain, Director of Affirmative Action (narain@uwlax.edu, 785-8541, 131 Graff Main Hall)

Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Andrew Ives, Interim Lead Conduct Officer (aives@uwlax.edu, 785-8931, 149 Graff Main Hall)

Title IX Team

UWL's Title IX Team consists of:

  • Nizam Arain - Director of Equity & Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator
  • Andrew Ives - Interim Lead Conduct Officer, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
  • Ingrid Peterson - Violence Prevention Specialist
  • Scott McCullough - Chief of University Police
  • Kathy Accola - Employee Relations Specialist, Human Resources

The Title IX Team meets weekly for discussion of trends, emerging issues, policies and protocols. Team members and consultants who serve as confidential resources (e.g. Violence Prevention, Counseling & Testing) will not share confidential information with other team members; rather, their participation in the team will enable them to provide survivor-oriented and trauma-informed perspectives to enhance the university's official responses to sexual misconduct, and will also enable them to appropriately and accurately advise students. The Title IX Team will provide regular reports and updates to VPAC in order to help ensure that the university’s prevention, education, and awareness efforts are tailored to the needs of the campus. The Title IX Coordinator will also collaborate with members of the Title IX Team on the development and implementation of new training initiatives.

Where to go for help

If you, or someone you know, has been sexually assaulted, you are encouraged to speak with someone about it immediately. The following offices can provide confidential assistance:

How to report an incident 

***REPORTING FORM***

An Official Report can be filed by any person wishing to initiate an investigation into an incident of sexual assault or sexual violence. Students are encouraged to contact the Violence Prevention Specialist in the Student Life Office if they are uncertain whether they wish to file an official report.

All employees who are not confidential resources (listed above) are required to make an official report when they learn of a sexual assault. If you come into contact with a student who has been a victim of a sexual assault, be compassionate and supportive. If the topic of sexual violence is raised, inform the student that you are not able to provide confidential assistance. Direct students to the appropriate resources listed above and complete the Reporting Form linked above.

All individuals have the right to file a police report by contacting UW-La Crosse Police.

What is it and What to do?

Any sexual contact without consent is sexual assault. That includes incidents involving the use of force, the threat of force, coercion, and/or intoxication.  Refer to Wisconsin State Statutes 940.225 and 948.012. Sexual assault is not limited to certain communities, locations, or people. Everyone needs to be aware of what sexual assault is. Sex without consent is not accidental: it is sexual assault.

The majority (but not all) of the victims are women, and the majority (but not all) of the perpetrators are men. Thus, while can be helpful for women to educate themselves about how to avoid risks, the primary responsibility is on men to educate themselves (and each other) about what consent is and to practice enthusiastic consent as a core part of any sexual activity.

The University urges victims to seek immediate help and to report the crime through one of the several mechanisms outlined below. Your confidentiality can be maintained and the information might prevent other individuals from being victimized.

Title IX and Sexual Assault: Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination is for the protection of students, faculty, and staff in federally funded education programs.  The law applies to every aspect of the program, such as admissions, recruitment, academics, employment, athletics, and student services.  Title IX's broad prohibition against sex discrimination also includes sexual harassment and sexual assault.  Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.

Title IX based grievances may be filed with the UW-La Crosse Affirmative Action Office, the State of Wisconsin Affirmative Action and Civil Rights Compliance Office, or the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Legal Definitions of Sexual Assault in the State of Wisconsin:

First degree sexual assault - Whoever does any of the following is guilty of a Class B felony:

(a)  Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person and causes pregnancy or great bodily harm to that person.
(b)  Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person by use or threat of use of a dangerous weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to lead the victim reasonably to believe it to be a dangerous weapon.
(c)  Is aided or abetted by one or more other persons and has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person by use or threat of force or violence.

Second degree sexual assault - 
Whoever does any of the following is guilty of a Class C felony:

(a)  Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person by use or threat of force or violence.
(b)  Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without consent of that person and causes injury, illness, disease or impairment of a sexual or reproductive organ, or mental anguish requiring psychiatric care for the victim.
(c)  Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who suffers from a mental illness or deficiency which renders that person temporarily or permanently incapable of appraising the person's conduct, and the defendant knows of such condition.
(cm)  Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who is under the influence of an intoxicant to a degree which renders that person incapable of appraising the person's conduct, and the defendant knows of such condition.
(d)  Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who the defendant knows is unconscious.
(f)  Is aided or abetted by one or more other persons and has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with another person without the consent of that person.
(g)  Is an employee of a facility or program under s. 940.295 (2) (b)(c)(h) or (k) and has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who is a patient or resident of the facility or program.
(h)  Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with an individual who is confined in a correctional institution if the actor is a correctional staff member.  This paragraph does not apply if the individual with whom the actor has sexual contact or sexual intercourse is subject to prosecution for the sexual contact or sexual intercourse under this section.
(i)  Has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with an individual who is on probation, parole, or extended supervision if the actor is a probation, parole, or extended supervision agent who supervises the individual, either directly or through a subordinate, in his or her capacity as a probation, parole, or extended supervision agent or who has influenced or has attempted to influence another probation, parole, or extended supervision agent's supervision of the individual.  This paragraph does not apply if the individual with whom the actor has sexual contact or sexual intercourse is subject to prosecution for the sexual contact or sexual intercourse under this section.

Third degree sexual assault - 

Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person without the consent of that person is guilty of a Class G felony. Whoever has sexual contact in the manner described in sub. (5) (b) 2. with a person without the consent of that person is guilty of a Class G felony.

Fourth degree sexual assault -


Except as provided in sub. (3), whoever has sexual contact with a person without the consent of that person is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

Sexual Harassment policies and procedures

UW System: Frequently Asked Questions on Sexual Harassment

Download Employee Informal Complaint/Grievance Form (pdf) or (MS Word)

The following policy statement and definition is excerpted from the full policy which is linked above in PDF format.

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, consistent with its efforts to foster an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all students and staff of the University, that sexual harassment of students and employees of the University is unacceptable and impermissible conduct that will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It occurs in a variety of situations that share a common element: the inappropriate introduction of sexual activities or comments into the work or learning situation. Often, sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal power and contains elements of coercion—as when compliance with requests for sexual favors becomes a criterion for granting work, study, or grading benefits. However, sexual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behavior have a harmful effect on a person's ability to study or work in the academic setting.

UW-La Crosse recognizes all of the following as examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination: gender and gender identity discrimination; sexual orientation discrimination; sexual assault; sexual violence; dating violence; stalking; and domestic abuse. UW-La Crosse also recognizes that people of all genders and gender identities may be perpetrators or victims of these behaviors.

Definition

Sexual Harassment is a form of discriminatory harassment. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical conduct and expressive behavior of a sexual nature where:

(a) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education; 

(b) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual; or 

(c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or demeaning employment or educational environment.

Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination is for the protection of students, faculty, and staff in federally funded education programs.  The law applies to every aspect of the program, such as admissions, recruitment, academics, employment, athletics, and student services.  Title IX's broad prohibition against sex discrimination also includes sexual harassment. Sexual assault and rape are severe types of sexual harassment.

Title IX based grievances may be filed with the UW-La Crosse Affirmative Action Office, 131 Graff Main Hall and/or the State of Wisconsin Affirmative Action and Civil Rights Compliance Office.