Promoting and Maintaining a Safe, Respectful Campus
- February 27th, 2019
- in Messages from the President
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Each semester I pledge to maintain The University of Alabama’s commitment to promoting and maintaining a safe, respectful campus environment. The well-being and security of every member of the UA community is a priority and, as part of that commitment, we will continue to work to eliminate gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct of any kind on our campus.
With the spring semester underway, I want to, again, share important information about the resources, reporting options and support available to those affected by gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct, including new resources such as the SAFE Center and the new Title IX Office location.
The Title IX Office has recently moved from its space in Burke West. The Title IX Office is now located at 2814 Capital Hall. Please see the Title IX website for detailed directions to the new Capital Hall office. The Title IX Office oversees the University’s efforts to foster a secure campus community free of discrimination based on gender. Reports of sexual misconduct or gender discrimination can be made to the Title IX Office by visiting the new location, emailing (email@example.com) or calling 205-348-5496. We also encourage reports of sexual misconduct to be made with The University of Alabama Police Department at 205-348-5454. Confidential reporting, counseling and advocacy are also available through the Women and Gender Resource Center(WGRC) and UA Counseling Center. A full list of reporting options is outlined in the Sexual Misconduct Policy and available by visiting UAct. For more information about resources available to those impacted by sexual misconduct, please see the Sexual Assault and Misconduct Services and Support website.
Last November, the Tuscaloosa community gained a vital new resource in the Tuscaloosa SAFE Center. The SAFE Center is centrally located at 1601 University Blvd. East, Suite 150 and can be reached by phone at 205-860-SAFE (7233). The SAFE Center is a 24-hour facility offering the latest advances in providing high-quality care and forensic examinations to those impacted by sexual assault.
In addition, the University provides resources for safety and support. Text “UASAFETY” to 444999 to receive a downloadable Contact Card that provides relevant contact numbers and information related to safety and support resources like UAPD, the Title IX Office and the WGRC. You can also download the UA Safety App, which, among other things, gives immediate access to information in case of an emergency and includes the ability to contact campus law enforcement agencies quickly. The Safety App also features a built-in GPS to provide walking directions to any building location on campus, including the locations of shelters and AED Defibrillators.
Please know that The University of Alabama takes the issue of sexual misconduct very seriously. We will regularly share information about the wide range of resources available to the campus community. I hope you will personally commit to partner with us in an ongoing effort to combat sexual misconduct.
Stuart R. Bell