President: University addresses possible sexual misconduct issues

Dear Students,

 

Welcome to the new school year at the University of the Incarnate Word! We will do our best to ensure you have a meaningful experience as a member of the UIW community.

I want to take this opportunity to address a serious issue that’s been in the news recently – sexual misconduct on university campuses.

In late spring, the UIW Board of Trustees approved a new Sexual Misconduct Policy and accompanying procedures. The purpose of the Policy is to establish a work, educational and living environment at UIW that is free from: sexual misconduct, including sex and gender discrimination; sexual and sex- and gender-based harassment; sexual assault and rape; sexual exploitation; stalking; relationship violence (including domestic and dating violence); and retaliation through guidelines that promote and foster a safe campus climate.

Sexual misconduct is prohibited by this University policy and state and federal law, including Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as amended, S. 47 — 113th Congress: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.

UIW is committed to addressing and working towards preventing crimes of sexual violence that are never acceptable and will not be tolerated. Violations of this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Depending on the nature of the violation, disciplinary consequences for violations of this policy may include denial of privileges, disciplinary probation, suspension and expulsion for students, and may include warnings (verbal or written), demotions, suspensions, and termination for employees.

UIW is also committed to assisting complainants of sexual misconduct through various support services available for students. These support services — sometimes referred to as interim measures — are available to students even if they choose not to file or pursue a disciplinary complaint or if the status of a respondent to the University is unclear (unenrolled student, non-employee, etc.).

Students should feel assured these support services will be available to them throughout the investigative process and even after the conclusion of the adjudication process. Students who wish to receive confidential support services are encouraged to reach out to counselors at UIW Counseling Services at (210) 832-5656 and/or to seek medical services at UIW Health Services, (210) 829-6017.

Students who are concerned about their safety should contact the UIW Police Department at (210) 829-6030. Such conduct can also be reported at the Title IX website (www.uiw.edu/titleix) by clicking on the “Report An Incident” button.

I encourage all UIW students (and employees) to read the policy and its accompanying procedures, which are available online at the Title IX website. Together, we can make sure UIW remains a safe place for all to grow and learn.

Let me close by reminding you our campus will be crowded this year, especially during the first few weeks of classes. If you drive a vehicle, please show courtesy and exercise restraint towards pedestrians and other drivers.

On behalf of the faculty, staff and administration, I wish you every success this year. Go Cardinals!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Lou Agnese, president

 

E-mail Agnese at agnese@uiwtx.edu

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