Students: Know Your Rights

At AUM, the safety and security of our students is a top priority. It’s important that you know your rights as a student, and also how you can be proactive in having a productive, safe, and enjoyable college career. We encourage you to review the areas below for more information on what you can expect of your fellow students and faculty, as well as strategies to help others and protect yourself.

Key Areas that Title IX covers
Title IX covers these areas for students: Access to higher education; athletics; career education; education for pregnant and parenting students; employment; learning environment; math and science; sexual harassment; and standardized testing.

Confidentiality 

  • If a student requests that his or her name not be used, all reasonable steps will be taken to respond and investigate consistent with the request, so long as doing so does not prevent the school from responding effectively and preventing the harassment of other students or the complainant. This does limit the University’s ability to respond.
  • If a student desires that details of the incident be kept confidential, the student should speak with on-campus counselors, campus health service providers, or off-campus rape crisis resources who can maintain confidentiality.
  • Students are encouraged to speak to officials of the institution to make formal reports of incident (i.e. deans, senior staff, administrators, supervisors, Campus Security Authorities, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators, and human resources).

Academic Accommodations and Interim Measures 
As an employee, your services may be required to facilitate an accommodation for a student. Those requests may include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic Schedules: Any student who has been affected by sex/gender discrimination or harassment who wishes to change his/her classroom or academic situation may discuss various options. Options include total University withdrawal, discrete course withdrawal, the ability to retake a class, receive tutoring or change the section.
  • Campus Room or Apartment: Any student who has been affected by sex/gender discrimination or harassment has the option of changing his/her on-campus housing assignment if alternate housing is reasonably available. If not, other options can be considered.
  • Interim Protective Measures: The University may take interim steps for the complainant as necessary before the final outcome of an investigation. Measures include, but are not limited to, no contact agreements, no trespass orders, interim suspension, and temporary removal from University housing may be taken if deemed appropriate.

Bystander Intervention 
All members of the AUM community are responsible for contributing to a safe and welcoming environment. The following steps can be taken by anyone to ensure our campus remains as safe as possible.

  • Remember that no one has the right to be violent, even if two people are dating.
  • Be honest and direct whenever possible.
  • Speak up when you hear threatening language.
  • Hold people accountable for their actions.
  • Respectfully challenge comments that are inappropriate.
  • Recruit help if necessary.
  • Stay safe and if things get out of hand or become too serious, contact campus police at 334-244-3424.

Strategies to Create Safe Environments

  • Discuss with your partner the level of intimacy with which you are comfortable. 
  • Keep the lines of communication open throughout your relationship and be willing to change the course at any time someone states they want to do things differently than what was initially been agreed upon.
  • Say “No” clearly and firmly to any activity you do not wish to engage in.
  • Honor the word “No” at face value and understand there is no hidden meaning.
  • Try to leave any situation that feels unsafe.
  • Find someone nearby and ask for help.
  • Take affirmative responsibility for your alcohol intake or drug use and acknowledge that alcohol and drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity. 
  • Never accept a drink from someone you do not know well or trust.
  • Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you. A real friend will challenge you if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them when they do.
  • Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size. Never abuse that power.
  • Understand that consent to some form of sexual behavior does not automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior.
  • Consent may be initially given but can be withdrawn at any time.
  • Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated caused by a lack of consciousness or being asleep, intoxication, physically or mentally incapable, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent. 
  • Silence and passivity are not an indication of consent. Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual agreement among all participants to engage in sexual activity. 
  • It is never OK to make threats or enact physical or emotional harm to a partner.
  • Tell someone if you are in a relationship with someone who tries to intimidate or control you by destroying your property, taking your keys or phone, threatening to harm themselves or you, or limiting your contact with others.