Our commitment to prevention, reporting, training and safety

UNH in spring

UNH is reaffirming – and strengthening – its commitment to preventing and responding to sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. Drawing on questions and input from community members through fall 2021, UNH created this website to share updates, important resources and progress in our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe and to provide support to survivors.

 

In December 2021, UNH announced 22 commitments in four focus areas: prevention, reporting, training and safety.
These commitments emerged through conversations with many UNH community members. In particular, representatives from the following groups reviewed and contributed to this document:

 

Academic Standards and Advising Committee (ASAC)

Affirmative Action and Equity Office (AA&EO)

Community Standards

Faculty Senate Student Affairs Committee

Graduate Student Senate Leadership

Health & Wellness

Housing

Prevention Innovations and Research Center

Residential Life

Sexual Violence Action Committee (SVAC)

Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP)

Student Life Directors

Title IX Steering Committee

Undergraduate Student Senate Leadership

University Police Department

 

Draft of UNH's Comprehensive Prevention Plan
Recording of recent virtual town hall

 

Our Commitments

Action Item Anticipated Timeline Point of Contact Current Status Notes
Increase staffing levels in violence prevention offices including SHARPP to add additional dedicated violence and health educators including staff to facilitate a student peer education program related to sexual violence. Fall '22 Shari Robinson, Assistant Vice Provost of Student Life In Progress One additional staff position has been created. Search process underway.
Standardize college‐specific, first‐year experience courses with core topics including sexual health and well‐being, sexual harassment, sexual violence, and alcohol and other drug use. Bolster ongoing education to students. Beyond Fall '22 Christa Ricker, Director of New Student Programs In Progress All students will be required to take an annual training. Continuing to work toward standardized first-year experience course.
Re‐structure existing sexual violence committees to ensure adequate student representation, a committee dedicated to violence prevention, and a committee dedicated to coordinated community response. Fall '22 Laura Buchs, Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office In Progress Committee structure review to take place over summer with intent of new structure beginning in Fall '22
Improve promotion for key safety apps (RAVE, uSafeUS, and Transportation App) including during orientation and Wildcat Days. Fall '22 Christa Ricker, Director of New Student Programs In Progress Conversations about promotion beginning. Promotion plan to be developed for June '22 orientation.
Implement regular climate survey to understand campus climate related to sexual misconduct and distribute results to community. Spring '22 Nadine Petty, Chief Diversity Officer Complete  
Action Item Anticipated Timeline Point of Contact Current Status Notes
Increase staffing levels in the Affirmative Action & Equity Office to add dedicated staff for explaining options, providing supportive measures, and conducting investigations. Fall '22 Laura Buchs, Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office In progress Two additional staff positions have been created. Search process underway.
Update Affirmative Action & Equity Office website to ensure language and resources (both confidential and non‐ confidential) are clear and easy to navigate with flow charts and visual representations of different processes. Fall '22 Laura Buchs, Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office In progress Visuals being developed at this time. Overall AAEO website update also in progress.
Combine existing policies/definitions into one comprehensive sexual misconduct policy that is easily accessible. Spring '23 Laura Buchs, Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office Pending  
Provide information on legal aid for individuals who wish to have legal assistance, but can't afford it. Fall '22 Laura Buchs, Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office In progress Information will be added to updated AAEO website.
Redesign the Student Code of Conduct to ensure the student conduct processes is clear and easy to navigate. Improve strategies to distribute the Code of Conduct to the UNH community and clarify misconceptions including ensuring students know that defensive spray is permitted at UNH. Fall '22 Alexis Piñero-Benson, Director of Community Standards In progress Migration to dynamic, searchable, digital handbook in progress. Proposed Code of Conduct changes are being reviewed by faculty and student senate.
Ensure faculty and TAs are provided with appropriate training and expectations about letters from the Dean of Students. Proactively inform students of their options if they believe they're not being accommodated. Fall '22 Mike Blackman, Dean of Students Complete  
Standardize campus‐wide email communication protocol ensuring appropriate representation from SHARPP, AA&EO, and Student Life for new emails related to sexual misconduct. Effective Immediately Mica Stark, Chief Communications Officer Complete  
Action Item Anticipated Timeline Point of Contact Current Status Notes
Implement required annual sexual harassment and sexual violence training for all faculty, students, and staff. Fall '22 Laura Buchs, Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office In Progress AAEO is in the process of procuring training products to meet these commitments and track completion.
Implement required sessions for incoming first‐year, transfer, and graduate students during orientation and/or wildcat days, and implement new virtual orientation platform for incoming students. Summer '22 (virtual platform - Summer '23) Christa Ricker, Director of New Student Programs In Progress Contract for online platform signed. Design in progress. Framework being developed for training at orientation.
Implement, strengthen, or standardize tailored prevention initiatives to key student groups on campus including athletes, fraternity and sorority life students, other student organization leaders, students studying abroad or in field study experiences, international students, and other student leaders. Fall '22 Laura Buchs, Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office In Progress Discussions beginning about tailored training initiatives. More of this will happen when additional staff are hired.
Standardize and broaden mandatory reporter training and provide it annually. Fall '22 Laura Buchs, Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office In Progress Draft of mandatory reporter training has been piloted in the hopes of expanding more broadly.
Action Item Anticipated Timeline Point of Contact Current Status Notes

Develop dashboard with updated data on reports of sexual misconduct at UNH to be included on central website.

Fall '22

Laura Buchs, Director of the Affirmative Action and Equity Office In progress AAEO has begun conversations regarding development of dashboard.

Resume annual lighting review to ensure adequate campus lighting. Ensure students know how to report issues.

Fall '22

Paul Dean, Chief of Police Pending  

Improve strategies to ensure students can travel accompanied at night.

Fall '22

Mike Blackman, Dean of Students Pending  

Continue to ensure all professional and student employees undergo background checks. Require new faculty hires to give UNH permission to inquire with their previous colleges/universities regarding employment concerns. Audit student volunteer positions to ensure positions of authority require background checks.

Beyond Fall '22

Nadine Petty, Chief Diversity Officer In progress  

Require students to agree to follow the rules of the Code of Conduct when accepting their admissions offer and paying their deposit. Include question in admissions application regarding UNH's community standards.

Fall '22 Mike Blackman, Dean of Students Complete  
Review emergency calling options in the residence halls and apartments to ensure students have the ability to make an emergency call in hallways, bathrooms, and other common spaces. Beyond Fall '22 Stacey Hall, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life Pending  

Have you experienced or observed incidents of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence? Are you a mandatory reporter? Do you think you may have experienced sexual misconduct and want to connect with someone who can help? Submit a report online. See our reporting FAQs.

 

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News & Updates

February 9, 2022 — United to End Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence: Town Hall Feb. 16

December 14, 2021 — Update on UNH’s Interpersonal and Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Efforts

December 2, 2021 — Update on Interpersonal and Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Efforts

October 29, 2021 — President Dean: Sexual Violence Has No Place at UNH

President’s monthly update — Update on UNH’s Interpersonal and Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Efforts

 

 

Seeking support? Need help? We’re here for you.

SHARPP, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program
603.862.7233
(24/7 help for victims of sexual violence)

 

Affirmative Action & Equity Office
(603) 862-2930 • TTY Users: 7-1-1
affirmaction.equity@unh.edu

 

Psychological and Counseling Services
603.862.2090
(24/7 help for students managing mental health concerns)

 

Employee Assistance Program
(24/7 for faculty and staff)

 

University Police Department
603.862.1212 or 911
(24/7 support for any emergency medical or safety concern)