Campus Safety a Priority at USJ

July 16, 2014

Campus Safety a Priority at USJ

USJ Hosts Press Conference

dandrea-joseph-lg.jpgUSJ hosted a press conference on Thursday, July 17 with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and the Injury Prevention Center (IPC) at Hartford Hospital on the topic of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on college campuses. The CCADV and IPC released the results of their report surveying the procedures and policies on Connecticut college campuses. USJ was asked to participate based on its proactive and efficient policies.

The report revealed that there is no standard policy around IPV for colleges and universities within the state, particularly around emotional and technological abuse. According to Karen Jarmoc, CEO of CCADV, “A number of schools, such as the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, are getting it right with its clear definition of IPV and measurement tools.”

Dr. Meredith Yuhas, director of USJ’s Counseling and Wellness Center, said, “The University upholds a strong commitment to the safety, health, and well being of its students — both in the undergraduate Women’s Program and the co-educational Graduate and Adult Programs. We are pleased that the ‘Intimate Partner Violence Policies on Campus’ Report shows our practices to be proactive, efficient, and in keeping with the Report’s recommendations. Our policies on intimate partner and domestic violence include key measures to ensure students’ safety, such as those outlined in the report. On both of our campuses, the University fosters a culture of safety, empowering students to address issues that affect them or incidents they have witnessed.”

Senator Blumenthal Led Discussion at USJ

Roundtable.jpgDuring the spring semester, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal moderated a roundtable discussion at USJ on the topic of Sexual Assault on College Campuses. USJ students, staff, and faculty – along with participants from other colleges – discussed ways to foster awareness and develop programs to stop sexual assaults on campuses.

The event came on the heels of a Title IX complaint that seven University of Connecticut students filed against their institution. Statistics show that although one in five women are sexually assaulted while in college, only 15% report the crime.

Hannah Watkins ’14 was motivated to participate in the discussion, saying, “I think about my little sister or my little cousin. They hear things like a girl was gang-raped and the boys have to go to juvenile detention and ‘Oh, the poor boys, their futures are ruined.’ They hear things like ‘the girl was drunk,’ and essentially she’s blamed for what goes on.”

Other panelists included Laura Cordes, executive director of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Center, and Bea Hanson, principal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

Campus Safety Report

In accordance with the Federal Student Right-to-Know and Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, USJ publishes and distributes a Uniform Campus Crime Report safety report every year in September. The report contains statistics for the prior calendar year and the two previous calendar years.

A copy of the report is also available for download, or by request at the Campus Safety Office.