Title IX Update From President Herbst

Official Announcement from the President on September 25, 2017

To the UConn Community,

I write with two updates.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Education rescinded prior guidance and published new guidance regarding how universities should address sexual violence under Title IX.

After reviewing these guidance documents closely, I want students, faculty, and staff to know that UConn remains steadfastly committed to both preventing sexual violence and responding with compassion to victim-survivors when incidents do occur. Nothing in Friday’s action alters or diminishes those efforts. Our Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence remains in full effect. We will continue to do the important work of ensuring that our university community is free from all forms of sex-based discrimination and violence, just as we were before. This commitment is unwavering.

Also, yesterday the White House issued a new order related to entry into the U.S. This new presidential proclamation follows the prior Executive Order 13780 that limited entry to the United States by nationals of six designated countries and ordered a thorough review of visa screening capabilities for all countries. We know that the Department of Homeland Security has identified eight countries, five of which were included in the last 90-day restriction, whose vetting standards are not considered acceptable for broad visa issuance and should be subject to certain restrictions individualized by country. New countries identified through the review process include Chad, North Korea and Venezuela, while restrictions have been lifted for Sudan.

We will conduct outreach to the university community and those potentially affected once all the implications of the document are more clearly understood.

Just as we work to protect our community from sexual violence and gender discrimination, we are committed to maintaining our status as a global university of great diversity, in every sense of the word. From our renowned Human Rights Institute to our medical outreach to countries in need and countless other efforts, our international leadership is precious to this university.


Susan Herbst

UConn Health Rape Aggression Defense Training for Women

The UConn Health Police Department will be providing a 12-hour Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training in May for women only.

The course will be divided into four three hour blocks on May 1, 3, 8 and 10.  Classes will be held in room U3071 A&B on the third floor at 195 Farmington Avenue from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The class will be limited to 10 participants.  All female students and employees are eligible for enrollment in this very worthwhile course, although students will be given preference.

To cover the expense of materials, a fee of $10.00 per student and $20.00 per employee will be charged.

All those interested in attending should state their interest in an email addressed to the Public Safety Department Account (psda@uchc.edu) as soon as possible.  Please state RAD Training in the subject line of the email.

Joe Curreri
Chief of Police

For more information, contact: Public Safety at psda@uchc.edu

5/2/17 Connecticut Men’s Advisory Council Meeting

The Alliance’s Where Do You Stand? Connecticut awareness campaign is currently underway with billboards being displayed in Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury. Join us at our next meeting to learn about the recent developments.
Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence has formed a Men’s Advisory Council for our statewide Where Do You Stand? Connecticut campaign and sexual violence prevention work. Our goal is to continue to engage men as allies in our work to prevent sexual violence and to cultivate prevention leaders in our state.
The Council is facilitated by Andrew Stewart, Assistant Professor at the Hiatt School of Psychology at Clark University, and longtime Alliance partner. Andrew is a leader in the prevention of sexual violence and is committed to empowering men to be involved in prevention. For more information about the Men’s Advisory Council, Andrew can be reached at AndStewart@clarku.edu or Beth Hamilton, Associate Director of The Alliance, can be reached at beth@endsexualviolencect.org.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Training & Advocacy Center, 98 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT
Anyone who self-identifies as a man and is interested in sexual violence prevention is welcome and encouraged to attend!
Please note that our Training & Advocacy Center is located at 98 Pitkin Street, East Hartford in the brick “The Pitkin” building. When arriving for meetings, please enter through the main building entrance at 98 Pitkin Street, the doors to the left of The Alliance’s entrance. Parking is available in any unmarked space at the front of the building. Additional parking is located to the right of the building in front of the Morlock School of Dance.



Tuesday, April 18
7:00 PM
Student Union Theatre

Former NFL athlete, Wade Davis, will discuss the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender, and explore how traditional messages about masculinity contribute to homophobia and rape culture.

Sponsored by the Women’s Center in partnership with Athletics, Rainbow Center, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Sports Management.


Thursday, March 23
6:00 PM
Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center

No Le Digas a Nadie captures the story of Angy Rivera, a 24 year-old, who courageously shares her parallel
journey of being undocumented and surviving sexual abuse. The activist, blogger, and advice columnist will
join us to discuss the unique challenges undocumented survivors face as they navigate a complex immigration
Sponsored by the Women’s Center in partnership with PRLACC