A Message from the President – January, 19 2023

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Each semester, I reaffirm The University of Alabama pledge to promote and preserve a safe, respectful environment by encouraging the prevention and reporting of sexual misconduct. The University provides numerous resources, support and reporting options. Please review this information and help spread the word.

Students, employees and campus visitors are encouraged to report any type of sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct. The Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy provides detailed information about what is considered prohibited conduct, how to report it and available resources for those affected.

The UAct program lists information about reporting sexual misconduct, including to the University of Alabama Police Department at 205-348-5454 or 1110 Jackson Avenue. Reports may also be made to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Programs, where staff investigate reports of sexual misconduct and assist with supportive and educational measures such as counseling, safety planning, academic support, training, prevention, bystander intervention and conflict resolution. The University Title IX contact, Coordinator Jessica Humber, can be reached by phone at 205-348-5496 or by email at titleix@ua.edu.

Confidential reporting and counseling options are available, including through the Women and Gender Resource Center, which provides victim advocacy and counseling services for survivors and impacted family and friends. The WGRC can be reached at 205-348-5040. On-call advocates are available 24 hours a day by contacting UAPD at 205-348-5454.

The Counseling Center offers counseling and outreach for students. The Capstone Family Therapy Clinic provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families affiliated with UA and beyond. The Employee Assistance Programprovides eligible employees and family members with resources for resolving a variety of work-related and personal concerns. And the Tuscaloosa Safe Center is a 24/7 sexual assault crisis center that provides a free, compassionate, patient-centered environment for sexual assault forensic examinations.

A summary of these valuable services is available on the Sexual Assault and Misconduct Services website. The University prohibits retaliation against those who report harassment, discrimination and/or sexual misconduct.

Thank you for helping combat and prevent sexual misconduct and for sharing this information about UA resources and support.

Stuart R. Bell