Arrangement will put CVIC employee at UND about 20 hours a week
The University of North Dakota and the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) have agreed to partner in an effort to place a CVIC employee on campus to act as a confidential advocate/advisor for student, staff and faculty victims of sexual violence.
The announcement was made today after UND and CVIC officials completed a memorandum of understanding, spelling out the arrangement. The addition of a confidential advocate/advisor on campus helps UND meet its obligations under Title IX to address sexual discrimination and sexual violence.
“UND is committed to providing a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said Donna Smith, UND’s Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. “Placing a confidential CVIC advisor on-campus will help UND in its efforts to eliminate, prevent and remedy sexual violence in our campus community. We are excited to work with CVIC to provide this very important resource.”
Under the plan, a CVIC employee would serve on a half-time basis, about 20 hours per week. The individual would hold a professional license, requiring them to be a confidential advocate for victims. The cost of the service would be about $20,000 per year, including benefits, payable by UND. There will be no charge to campus members who use the service.
Smith would act as the liaison between UND and CVIC, helping the new CVIC advisor to become familiar with UND policies and procedures regarding sexual violence. The CVIC advisor will also be able to arrange for interim safety measures, such as changes in class or work schedules, changes in housing and no-contact directives without triggering UND’s obligation to investigate under Title IX if the individual does not want a disciplinary proceeding or adjudication.
“We are excited to enhance our partnership with UND to provide on-campus, confidential services to students, faculty, and staff who have been victims of sexual violence,” stated CVIC Executive Director Kristi Hall-Jiran.
While the advisor would be on campus about 20 hours per week, they would also be available to provide services outside of those hours without additional cost to UND, according to UND’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office. For example, if a student, staff member or faculty member initially meets with the advisor during campus hours, the advisor still could accompany the victim to a hearing or to provide counselling outside campus hours.
The CVIC advisor will be on-campus in mid-November. A decision on office location and office hours will be made shortly.
The announcement about adding a CVIC confidential advocate/advisor on campus coincides with UND’s annual Clothesline Project display and Take Back the Night rally, which, for 19 years, have been solemn reminders that physical and verbal violence against women, children and men still prevail in society.
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