SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month is recognized this April, the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management reaffirms its commitment to keeping all members of the Ithaca College community safe.  We would like to make you aware of the upcoming events associated with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, campus resources and information related to sexual assault prevention and response, and Public Safety programs available in support of this mission.  

Upcoming Events

- Tuesday, April 21st: The Hunting Ground Screening and Panel Discussion  

Hosted By Buzzsaw, 7pm Williams 225

- Thursday, April 23rd: Poster Making for Take Back the Night

Hosted By Feminists United, 7:30pm Student Activities Center

- Friday, April 24th: Take Back the Night

March leaves Textor Circle at 6:15 pm.  Rally begins in Downtown at Dewitt Park at 7pm.

Information and Resources

SHARE (Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education) is a multi-department collaboration that serves as Ithaca College's primary sexual assault response and prevention information center.  The SHARE website is available at www.ithaca.edu/share.  This site provides information on support resources available to students, assistance with reporting incidents of sexual violence, and details on confidentiality practices, understanding the different forms of sexual violence, Title IX investigations and support, and more.  The SHARE site seeks to adopt an inclusive approach by recognizing that individuals who have experienced sexual violence, friends and family who want to provide support, and the general campus community all have different but important needs in an informational resource.  If you have suggestions for additional content that would be beneficial or other enhancements to the SHARE website, please contact Title IX Coordinator Tiffani Ziemann at tziemann@ithaca.edu.

Community Programming

The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management is pleased to announce an exciting new addition to its campus sexual assault prevention efforts.  Coming soon in 2015, Ithaca College will offer Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) programming on campus to female students, staff, and faculty.  R.A.D. is a long-standing and nationally recognized self-defense program geared specifically toward a female audience, and will be offered as a three-day course by certified R.A.D. instructors from Public Safety.  For additional information on R.A.D., please visit www.ithaca.edu/sacl/safety/rad and www.rad-systems.com, and look out for the release of the 2015 course offering dates this summer.

Public Safety also offers training in bystander intervention as a sexual assault prevention strategy.  Bystander intervention promotes the idea that all members of the campus community have the power to recognize and intervene in threats of sexual violence.  This is a great programming option for residential communities, academic departments, student organizations, and other groups who want to promote a shared sense of commitment to keeping their members safe from harm.  Bystander intervention training is available from both Public Safety professional staff and from student peer trainers depending on the needs and interests of the audience.  For additional information on bystander intervention training, please contact Andrew Kosinuk, the Crime Prevention and Community Events Liaison at the Office of Public Safety, at akosinuk@ithaca.edu.

A variety of other safety programs and educational initiatives are available from Public Safety.  To learn more about these numerous and diverse training and programming options, please visit www.ithaca.edu/sacl/safety/crimepreventionprogram.

Partnerships

Throughout Sexual Assault Prevention Month, Public Safety has the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of valued on and off-campus partners on sexual assault prevention initiatives.  These partners also present their own outstanding programs and advocacy efforts in April and throughout the year.  We would like to acknowledge our appreciation of these partners and encourage you to learn more about these groups and their work.

Active Minds: www.ithaca.edu/orgs/active_minds

Advocacy Center: www.theadvocacycenter.org

Ask Big Questions/Hillel: www.ithaca.edu/sacl/hillel and www.hillel.org/jewish/ask-big-questions

Buzzsaw: www.buzzsawmag.org

IC Feminists United

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The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management

The Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management (Public Safety) is located in the Center for Public Safety and General Services and  is operational 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, year round. The Communications Center is staffed by a trained public safety professional at all times and can be reached by calling (607) 274-3333 or extension 3333 from an on campus phone.

Public Safety is a full service public safety provider with responsibility for campus safety, campus crime awareness and campus crime prevention and education. Public Safety members are a well trained team inclusive of uniformed campus police officers and state-certified security officers. In addition to Patrol and Security operations (to include Investigations), Public Safety is comprised of Parking Services, Environmental Health & Safety, and Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol (SASP). Public Safety areas of responsibility include:

  • Emergency response
  • Fire safety
  • Crime prevention programming
  • Special event staffing
  • Providing safety escorts
  • Repository for lost and found
  • Administering vehicle assistance, and
  • Managing vehicular and traffic control on campus.

In compliance with federal requirements mandated by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act [20 USC 1092(f)], Public Safety is responsible for preparing, publishing and distributing an Annual Security & Fire Safety Report by October 1 of each year, for the purpose of disclosing and disseminating certain information regarding campus crime statistics, security policies and campus law enforcement.  Information mandated by this Act include statements about:

 

  • Campus law enforcement policies
  • Campus security education and prevention programs
  • Alcohol and drug policies
  • Sexual assault education and prevention programs
  • Procedures for reporting sexual assaults, and
  • Procedures for handling reports of sexual assault.

You can view the publication electronically, or you may request a hard copy via phone or walk-in to Public Safety. The crime statistics for Ithaca College (also contained in the annual security report) are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) through a web-based data collection system and can be viewed at http://www.ope.ed.gov/security.

 

 

Be Ready!  Be Safe!

All campus community members are urged to become familiar with the Emergency Readiness and Response Guide along with our reoccurring message on Gorge Safety.