Discriminatory Harassment & Sexual Misconduct
Weber State University is committed to providing a safe environment for learning and working. Any forms of discrimination, harassment and/or sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, rape, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual exploitation) are strictly prohibited on our campuses.
The AA/EO office responds to violations of the rights of students, employees and others to attend or work at WSU without experiencing discrimination or harassment based on sex, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, including stalking, dating or domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, etc.
The AA/EO office also handles discrimination or harassment complaints based on other “protected classifications” including race, color, national origin, pregnancy, and pregnancy-related conditions such as childbirth, false pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, or related conditions (including recovery), genetics, disability, religion, veteran, active military status, age (over 40 in employment discrimination) and other classifications protected by law.
Specifically, sexual harassment is a type of discriminatory harassment involving unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature directed against a person based on that person’s sex, sexual orientation or their gender identity/expression.
Sexual harassment can range from unwelcome compliments, invitations or requests for sexual favors, sexual advances or other verbal or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature, to the other more serious behavior such as sexual assault, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
No person may engage in sex-based harassment that creates a hostile environment. This includes harassment which is so severe or pervasive that it denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s program, unreasonably interferes with an employee’s work performance or creates an intimidating or offensive work environment. Both subjective and objective factors are considered when evaluating whether a hostile climate exists.
Violence Prevention Training
Safe@Weber Violence Prevention Education envisions a future where all relationships are healthy and built upon a foundation of safety and respect. WSU provides comprehensive violence prevention training, including online options, in-person workshops and a self-defense course, RAD.
Safe@Weber Online Training
Weber State University offers a free, online violence prevention training. All students, faculty and staff are expected to complete this program. The course includes information on Title IX, healthy relationships, relationship abuse, gender roles, sexual harassment, stalking, consent, reporting and how to help a friend.
Students can find this program by logging into the Weber ePortal and searching for the Safe@Weber app.
Direct link: Safe@Weber training for students
In addition to administering the online trainings, Safe@Weber provides in-person workshops available to all departments, courses and student organizations:
- Safe@Weber Overview
- It Starts with You: Bystander Intervention
- Consent and Healthy Boundaries
- LGBTQ+ Consent
- Emotional Abuse Prevention
- Connect the Dots: Intersections of Violence and Discrimination
- Gender Socialization, Violence and Prevention
- Healthy Relationships: Don’t Be Afraid to Catch Feels
- Advocacy Services: Rights and Options
- Customized trainings
A bystander is someone other than the victim who is present when an incident of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct is occurring, or when a situation is occurring in which a reasonable person feels as though some protective action is required to prevent such action from happening. Bystanders, if active, can prevent harm or intervene with safe and positive options before a situation escalates. Everyone can do something to help keep our campus safe!
Safe@Weber encourages potential bystanders to ACT: ask for help, create a distraction, or talk directly to the person initiating the behavior. Everyone has the ability to do something to assist another. Active bystanders observe their environments, notice when something is not okay, and assume responsibility that they can intervene for the better. Bystanders who choose to ACT might employ one or all of the following:
Ask for help: Are there others around that can become involved and prevent the behavior from escalating? Can trusted individuals (friends, supervisors, professors) help you in de-escalating the situation? In situations that include threats, weapons and violence, it’s appropriate to call Weber State Police (911 or 801-626-6460).
Create a distraction: Can you create an appropriate distraction to stop the behavior? Maybe you can pretend to be lost, ask for the time, make a commotion, spill your beverage — anything to create an interruption.
Talk directly: If it’s safe, tell the perpetrator of the harmful behavior that’s it’s not appropriate. This could be explaining why a racist or sexist joke is inappropriate, or why you don’t agree with their behavior. It’s also important to follow-up with the person impacted, to see how they’re feeling about the incident and what they would like to do next.
Bystanders are never obligated to put themselves in harm’s way, or intervene in a way that feels unsafe for them, the victim/survivor, or others around them. Learn more by scheduling a Safe@Weber workshop or visiting the Women’s Center in Shepherd Union 323.
Advocacy & Resources
Safe@Weber Advocacy Services provides support for all WSU victims/survivors. Advocacy Services is available to ALL members of the campus community, inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, legal status, etc. Our certified and trauma-informed advocates will listen to and believe you and guide you through your options for what to do next to ensure you feel safe and supported. The Safe@Weber advocate provides assistance with reporting to AA/EO and/or law enforcement, support services such as interview presence and assistance with accommodations, and protective measures such as safety planning and connection to community resources. Safe@Weber advocates are not required to report disclosures to AA/EO and provide limited statistical information about campus crime to Weber State Police. Contact an advocate at 801-626-6090 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit the Women’s Center in Shepherd Union 323 and ask to speak to the advocate.
WSU Counseling & Psychological Services provides free and confidential counseling to students, which can be an extremely important part of the healing process. Please note that confidentiality cannot be maintained in cases of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of minors or vulnerable adults, or if a determination is made that you are in imminent danger of harming yourself or others. Call 801-626-6406 or visit them in Student Services Center Room 280.
Dean of Students: Jeff Hurst responds to general student concerns and helps students find solutions to their specific problems. The dean enforces the student code, tracks code violations and encourages responsible citizenship within the university. Contact him at 801-626-6256 or at email@example.com.
Weber State University International Student Center can assist with visa or immigration issues. Contact the center at 801-626-6853 or visit Student Services Center Room 143.