Campus reminded to plan for severe weather
As part of Michigan Severe Weather Awareness week, April 10-16, university officials would like to remind members of the campus community about important information to help plan for and respond to various weather situations.
Local and state emergency management officials are asking Michiganders to take action to prepare by participating in a statewide tornado drill at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. While the Ann Arbor campus is not conducting drill activities that day, we ask all members of our community to take time to identify the lowest interior space to take cover during a tornado. If a basement does not exist, find an interior hallway away from windows, doors and outside walls.
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National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 1, 2016 - The University of Michigan's Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) will host and participate in a number of activities during the month of April to raise awareness about sexual violence prevention and response in recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
A highlight of this month's activities is DPSS' participation in Start by Believing, a national public awareness campaign designed by End Violence Against Women International to change the way people respond to rape and sexual assault in their communities. U-M President Mark Schlissel, SAPAC Director Holly Rider-Milkovich and DPSS Executive Director Eddie L. Washington, Jr. endorsed the campaign by signing the Start by Believing Proclamation.
The University of Michigan conducted a campus climate survey on sexual misconduct last fall, which found that overwhelmingly students report instances of unwanted sexual behavior to a friend, not to official university sources or law enforcement.
Among students who said they had at least one non-consensual sexual experience at U-M in the past year, 46 percent told someone else — primarily a friend or a roommate. Just 3.6 percent of students told an official resource and of those who did, only about 60 percent said they received at least one response that made them feel supported.
"We see one of the biggest challenges for our campus is increasing reporting of unwanted sexual behavior to law enforcement," said U-M Police Chief Robert Neumann.
"When a survivor comes forward, whether it's to a friend, doctor, nurse, counselor, or police officer, a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face zero consequences for their crimes. Our reaction matters."
"We want our community to know that if they come forward with a report it will be taken seriously and addressed compassionately and appropriately," says Neumann.
Last year, the University Police Department (UMPD) organized a Special Victims Unit (SVU) of detectives and other officers dedicated to responding to and investigating sexual assaults, domestic violence, stalking and child abuse reported to have occurred on campus. Officers in SVU have additional training to assist persons making reports of interpersonal violence and can more effectively support survivors.
In addition to participating in the campaign, DPSS also will host or participate in a number of events open to the campus community in April, including:
Take Back the Night, April 6 at 7:00 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom
UMPD SVU Detective Margie Pillsbury will speak at the annual march and rally, where survivors and their supporters along with fellow students and community members come together to raise their voices and raise awareness about sexual assault.
Screening of The Hunting Ground followed by Q & A with SAPAC and UMPD SVU officers
The Hunting Ground is a documentary film about incidents of sexual violence on U.S. college campuses, and what its creators say is a failure of college administrations to adequately deal with it. The film also focuses on student survivors leading a movement for change.
- Screening for U-M Students - April 18 at 6:30 p.m., Kuenzel Room, Union.
- Screening for U-M Faculty and Staff - April 26 at 12:00 p.m., Munger Screening Room or Rackham Amphitheatre (TBD), please RSVP to email@example.com by April 12.
UMPD also is hosting a county-wide Campus Sexual Assault Training for community partners and law enforcement, which will cover trauma-informed, survivor-centered response. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Please contact Capt. Jason Forsberg at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to register.
Together UMPD and the SafeHouse Center joined forces to launch Start by Believing in January 2016. Since the launch, several local police agencies and community partners in Washtenaw County have signed on to the campaign, including SAPAC, Ann Arbor Police Department, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, U-M Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety. DPSS would like to see the campaign continue to expand throughout the county and beyond.
"SAPAC is a proud partner in the effort to bring awareness to this issue and to encourage survivors to come forward to get support and to know all their available options," says Holly Rider-Milkovich, director of the university's Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center.
"We are excited that our university police department and local authorities are collaborating on this important work."
More information on the Start by Believing campaign can be found here.
Grounds Department to Start Removing Abandoned Bikes in May
Feb. 9, 2016 - The University of Michigan will begin removing abandoned bicycles from bike racks on the Ann Arbor campus this spring. Starting March 20, the U-M Grounds Department will place brightly colored tags on bikes that appear to be abandoned. DPSS will continue normal efforts of impounding abandoned bicycles as well as those blocking fire and handicap exits.
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