Sexual Misconduct at Wesleyan

As noted in the Policy Prohibiting Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Misconduct, Wesleyan strives to be a community built upon mutual trust and respect for its constituent members: students, faculty, staff and those visiting or under temporary contract.  Wesleyan University will not tolerate discriminatory harassment and/or sexual misconduct (whether it comes in the form of intimate partner violence, non-consensual sexual activity and sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking or sexual harassment) against students, faculty, staff, trustees, volunteers, and/or employees of any university contractors/agents.

Resources exist regardless of whether the incident happened on campus or by a Wes student.  Even if it happened before you got to Wes.  What is important is making sure this does not interfere with your education and ability to succeed as a student -- we are here to help!

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to:

Debbie Colucci
Equity Compliance Director / Deputy Title IX Officer
North College #112
dcolucci@wesleyan.edu

Rachele Merliss
Rachele '19, is the 2017-2018 (SART) Sexual Assault Response Team student-intern. You can contact Rachele with questions about Wesleyan's sexual violence resources and support, to report an incident, plan an event, or just talk about any of these topics. Learn more about Rachele.

Office hours (held in the Solarium on the 2nd floor of Davison Health Center):
2:45-3:45 on Wednesdays
1:30-4:30 on Thursdays

Contact Information: rmerliss@wesleyan.edu
Phone: 860-685-4673. Leave me a message and she will get back to you. 

Wesleyan and the Women and Families Center (WFC).  share the goal of preventing sexual assault on campus and in the community, and responding appropriately to those who have been victimized.  Wesleyan established an MOU with the Women and Families Center in 2014, and it is through this relationship that we are implementing student support services this fall.

Lindsey DeFrancisco (WFC)
Lindsey is the Campus Advocate at the Women and Family Center and will be available to talk with students in an advocacy role and provide support to survivors of gender-based violence Lindsey will offer office hours by appointment at the Davison Health Center and she will facilitate a support group for survivors of sexual violence.

Beginning the week of October 9th, Lindsay will offer office hours every Weds and Fri for students affected by gender-based violence as well as a Survivors Support Group. 

Office hours (held in room 218 on the 2nd floor of Davison Health Center):
11:00 - 12:00 and 1:15 - 2:00 on Wednesdays
11:00 - 1:00 on Fridays

Survivor support group (held in room 218 on the 2nd floor of Davison Health Center) on Wednesdays from 12:15 – 1:15

If you would like to make an appointment for a confidential 1:1 meeting with Lindsay, or if you are interested in joining the Survivors Support Group, email her at LDeFrancisco@womenfamilies.org.

We are very pleased to have Lindsay’s assistance and support.

 

 

 

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    Education/Prevention

    Wesleyan staff, students and faculty work collaboratively to develop clear and accessible sexual misconduct policies and procedures, increase reporting of incidents and educate the entire Wesleyan community about sexual violence and its prevention.

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    Non-Reporting Options & Accomodations

    Whether it is a single incident or an ongoing pattern, sexual misconduct can undermine a survivor’s physical and emotional safety.  Reporting is a personal decision; individuals have their own reasons for whether or not they decide to go through with a formal reporting process.

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    Videos

    This series of student-made videos increase transparency by presenting and explaining resources and concepts related to sexual misconduct. 

    As you watch these videos, please note that as of the fall of 2017 the terminology changed: “complainant” is now referred to as the reporting party and “respondent” is now referred to as the responding party.