Members of the Mizzou family,
As the end of the spring semester approaches, I want to provide you with an update on the safety and security review of our campus, an issue of great importance to our students, faculty and staff.
As you may recall, University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe in February directed each of the four campuses of the UM System to conduct comprehensive reviews of their respective policies, training and procedures concerning the prevention and reporting of sexual assaults and the availability of mental health services for our community.
The first step of a three-phase task force was to inventory our existing resources to ensure that each University of Missouri campus has the necessary resources available to educate the campus community about sexual assault and prevention; that each campus has an effective process for reporting such incidents; and that each campus has an adequate capacity to address mental health issues among our students, faculty and staff.
We have completed this initial phase of the review for MU, and I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the important resources that we have available for those who have been victims or wish to report a sexual assault, or who have mental health issues. I encourage everyone to utilize any of these services when needed.
If you have any questions about which of these resources may be best to consult, please contact Noel English, MU’s Title IX Coordinator at 573-882-9069, EnglishNo@missouri.edu or visit http://equity.missouri.edu, and she can help you determine the best way to proceed.
The list below is not exhaustive as we have many concerned professionals at MU, including faculty, residence hall personnel, academic advisors and others whom you may prefer to contact.
The Counseling Center offers individual, group and crisis counseling to students who have mental health concerns.
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program is a confidential, professional service provided to all employees, their families, and retirees to assist with personal concerns or mental health.
Family Violence Clinic
The Family Violence Clinic provides legal consultation for abused women and parents. Legal representation is available for women who are at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Resource Center
The LGBTQ Resource Center offers support, provides education and conducts training programs on issues facing the LGBTQ community. The center also has information on services for individuals seeking help for mental health or sexual assault.
MU Police Department
The MUPD has jurisdiction over any crime committed on University of Missouri property. MUPD officers are responsible for the safety and security of the MU campus.
Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center
The RSVP Center is a comprehensive education and resource service serving students who have experienced relationship or sexual violence.
The Office of Student Conduct is responsible for upholding disciplinary policies and procedures for both on- and off-campus incidents. Students found guilty of violating policies and procedures, which include endangering or assaulting another student, can be issued sanctions ranging from a verbal warning to expulsion from the university
Student Health Center (Mental Health Services)
The Student Health Center has trained professionals to assist students with many mental health issues and sexual assault.
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services provides legal education and consultation to MU students in an effort to resolve legal conflicts and disputes students may be facing.
The Women’s Center offers help to students in crisis and provides educational resources and programs to students, staff, faculty and community members.
All of us have a responsibility to take an active role in addressing sexual assault and mental illness as the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is an absolute priority.
R. Bowen Loftin