Nothing matters more than the safety of our community. Sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking are in violation of our academic community’s mission and values as well as the University’s Policies and Codes of Conduct. Perpetrators are subject to academic or employment discipline, up to and including dismissal, in addition to law enforcement action.
All UConn community members, including students, employees, parents and guardians are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University’s Student Code and the University’s policies regarding community standards.
Admission to the University of Connecticut means acceptance into a new and special kind of community – an academic community. With acceptance comes a responsibility to uphold and build upon the values and the traditions that have served to define and to strengthen this community over time. Students who breach the trust that has been extended to them by the University community shall be held accountable for their actions. Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code describes the process for addressing such matters where students are the respondent, including with respect to sexual misconduct, as defined in Appendix B of The Student Code.
The University is committed to maintaining an environment free of discrimination or discriminatory harassment directed toward any person or group within its community – students, employees, or visitors. Academic and professional excellence can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. All members of the University community are responsible for the maintenance of an academic and work environment in which people are free to learn and work without fear of discrimination or discriminatory harassment. In addition, inappropriate Romantic relationships can undermine the University’s mission when those in positions of authority abuse or appear to abuse their authority. To that end, and in accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment, as well as inappropriate Romantic relationships, and such behavior will be met with appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University. This policy governs sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking investigations involving University employees as respondents.
Virtually all University employees are mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect as defined by Connecticut General Statutes Section 17a-101(b) and must comply with Connecticut’s mandated reporting laws. The Department of Children and Families 24 hour hotline for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect is 1-800-842-2288. For further guidance, visit DCF’s website.
The University encourages students, employees, and members of the University community to report all incidents of sexual assault. Any threat of retaliation or other attempts to prevent the reporting of an incident of sexual assault is itself prohibited.
UConn’s Sexual Assault Response Policy is designed to assist University employees in responding to reports of sexual assault. It seeks to promote a timely and comprehensive response to known sexual assaults, including providing information to victims about medical treatment and support services. The policy also seeks to promote a safe campus environment and, where appropriate, to facilitate disciplinary processes and foster involvement of law enforcement officials in conformity with applicable laws and regulations.