University Policy on Sexual Assault, Harassment and Other Sexual Offenses

| September 25, 2014

The following communication from the President and Provost has been distributed to Webster faculty and staff, and is reposted here.

To All Webster University Employees (Faculty, Administrators, and Staff):

Webster University was, is, and always will be committed to providing the safest possible environment for all members of our University community. To this end, we continually review and revise our policies to provide a safe environment and ensure compliance with changing federal laws. Webster’s annual Clery report of crime statistics is published every fall in accordance with federal law. In addition, this year, we have an updated and very important policy to announce that further demonstrates our commitment to maintaining a safe campus environment: The Webster University Policy on Sexual Assault, Harassment and Other Sexual Offenses.

This revised policy has been in development since the summer and was approved by Administrative Council, Sept. 9, 2014. It has an effective date of Sept. 18, 2014, for any complaints made that date and forward, and applies to all Webster University students and employees, both full-time and part-time, worldwide.

Webster University takes sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual violence and other sexual offenses described by this policy, as well as state and federal law, very seriously. Webster University will promptly and effectively respond to reports of sexual offenses and harassment and will take appropriate action to prevent, correct, and if necessary apply sanctions should the policy be violated. We are also committed to on-going programming to promote prevention and education related to eliminating incidents of violations of this policy.

This updated policy regarding sexual misconduct:

  • is a single policy that applies to all Webster University students and employees;
  • more clearly defines certain types of sexual misconduct;
  • gives a clear description of the role of sexual consent relative to policy violations;
  • describes procedures for reporting and redressing individual complaints brought forth by all Webster students and employees;
  • contains a required course completion component for all Webster employees; and
  • is posted in its entirety on the Public Safety, Human Resources, Student Handbook  and Faculty Resources webpages.
Training

One critical component of the revised policy is required training of all full- and part- time University faculty and staff.

Separate online training has also been made available to Webster  students. Given the size of our employee population, we are rolling out the training for employees in stages. During the next few months, you will receive an invitation sent to your Webster email address to complete an online course via WorldClassRoom. Once you receive your invitation, you will have two weeks to complete the course. Please remember the critical nature of this training and complete the course promptly when you receive the invitation.

We would like to thank the staff in the Office of Human Resources, the Online Learning Center and Information Technology Division for working to make this course available.

Additional Information & Resources
  • Webster University has informal and formal complaint and appeal procedures, which are described within the policy, for responding to, investigating, and adjudicating all complaints and appeals regarding sexual misconduct. Webster applies due process to all complaints and appeals.
  • In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Webster University cannot comment on any specific situation regarding reports of sexual misconduct.
  • Webster University has a sexual assault advocate on call 24 hours a day by calling 314-422-4651.

Webster University has a history of strong policies and procedures related to sexual misconduct. This revised policy continues to support the programs we have already in place that serve the best interests of our students and employees. We are very proud that Webster routinely renews and reaffirms our commitment to learning, workplace conduct and campus safety through the introduction and administration of such policies. We are also interested in partnering with students and employees to build upon our existing policies and programs and are open to constructive input on matters pertaining to campus safety. Look for more information on the required coursework coming soon from the Office of Human Resources.

Finally, please be aware of the following upcoming home campus events that will focus on sexual assault prevention. More related events are planned throughout the year and will be announced in Webster Today.

Delegates’ Agenda
(The topic of sexual assault is on the agenda.)
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
3 p.m.
University Center Sunnen Lounge

Defining Sexual Assault & No Means No
Christina Menesis, Sexual Assault Educator for the St. Louis YWCA
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
7-9 p.m.
University Center Sunnen Lounge

We encourage you to attend these events to learn more about this important issue, participate in any discussions on your own campus locations, and learn about the many related services available to Webster students and employees.

Sincerely,

Beth Stroble
President

Julian Schuster
Provost, Senior Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer

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