Concerning Interpersonal Violence
Resolution 2017-03 of the Employee Forum
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
October 4, 2017

 

WHEREAS, the Mission of the Employee Forum is to constructively address the concerns of the Employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including the presentation of staff concerns to University officials and the University General Administration; and

 

WHEREAS, the month of October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States, in order to increase awareness in the United States about the issue of domestic violence, also known as relationship violence, intimate partner violence, or interpersonal violence; and

 

WHEREAS, UNC employees and students are primary and/or secondary survivors of interpersonal violence; and

 

WHEREAS, interpersonal violence includes physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that a reasonable person in similar circumstances and with similar identities would find intimidating, frightening, terrorizing, or threatening, or may include threats of violence to the individual, the individual’s family member, or the individual’s pet[1]; and

 

WHEREAS, interpersonal violence affects people of all gender identities and gender expressions and people of all sexualities;

 

WHEREAS, these forms of violence have a significant impact on our campus climate; and

 

WHEREAS, the University has a commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment which supports the right of every member of the Carolina community to learn and work in an atmosphere that promotes fairness, equity, and access to its employment and educational programs; and

 

WHEREAS, the Employee Forum has declared by resolution in 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2015 its unequivocal support for the continued development of strong measures to prevent and respond appropriately to incidents of sexual violence on our campus; and

 

WHEREAS, sexual violence and interpersonal violence are frequently connected; and

 

WHEREAS, the Employee Forum recognizes and appreciates the implementation of mandatory training for all faculty, staff and students on Title IX and the Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct;

 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Employee Forum petitions the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office, the Office of Human Resources, offices within Student Affairs, the University of North Carolina Police Department, and University administration to continue to:

  • increase efforts to provide training that focuses on the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and related misconduct, including sexual violence, sexual exploitation, interpersonal violence, and stalking; and
  • encourage their personnel to complete proper training to support survivors of interpersonal violence; and
  • inform victims of their options to notify law enforcement, pursue resolution through the University, and seek counseling or support services; and
  • maintain and annually update the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct and training module based on evaluation of the effectiveness of the policy and training module; and
  • support the imposition of strong and appropriate sanctions for perpetrators of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, interpersonal violence, stalking, discrimination, and harassment
  • provide faculty, staff, and students with opportunities to undertake HAVEN training, Safe Zone training, or other initiatives to make the University community a safer and more supportive place for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions for University faculty and staff; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Employee Forum of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill requests the Chancellor, her Administration and each and every school and department on this campus to support this resolution.

 

Signed,

 

 

 

Shayna Hill,

Chair

[1] This definition is from the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, Including Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Interpersonal Violence and Stalking.

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