Policy Updates

Dear Campus Community:

I write to update you on some recent transitions and interim changes related to structures and support in the college’s sexual assault and dating violence prevention and response services. Dickinson is committed to the prevention of, and the effective response to, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on our campus. To that end, we provide the following services and programs:

SUPPORT SERVICES

Confidential support
Students seeking confidential support related to sexual assault, dating violence or stalking, can make an appointment with the Wellness Center or stop in during open hours (M-F 11-12 and 2-3 p.m.). Confidential advocacy support is also available by calling the 24/7 Advocacy Hotline at 717-831-8850. Students also can make an appointment to meet with an advocate by email at advocate@dickinson.edu (non-emergency only).

Private but not confidential support
Students seeking to report cases of sexual violence, dating violence or stalking to the college and students wishing to learn about options and available support can do so by contacting Interim Title IX Coordinator, Joyce Bylander (bylander@dickinson.edu), or the Director of LGBTQ Services Erica Gordon Lawrence (lawrener@dickinson.edu).

Online Title IX Reporting Form

The college’s sexual misconduct policy is available online.

EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING

We are committed to raising awareness and engaging in culture change to prevent sexual assault and dating violence on Dickinson’s campus. We look forward to the upcoming events throughout the academic year:

A World Without Sexual Violence, HUB, week of Sept. 4
Why I Wear Purple, Britton Plaza, October 3, 11-1
Getting What You Want: Conversations about Sex and Intimacy with Dr. Timaree, Stern, Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
Survivor Love Letter Campaign, throughout month of February
That’s Love, That’s Not Love: Interactive Exhibit, HUB, February
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, throughout month of April
Teach In for Take Back the Night, Social Hall, April 4, 6:30 p.m.
Take Back the Night, Allison, April 11, 6:30 p.m.

EDUCATION

First-year students will participate in Extended Orientation education on violence prevention in the fall semester, led by the Prevention, Education & Advocacy Center (PEAC) Peer Educators, with support from our advocacy partners at the YWCA and Domestic Violence Services. Student leaders have undergone training this fall related to the prevention of, and response to, reports of sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on campus. Our campus and our community partners remain committed to continuing education for all students on these topics. Training and education requests can be sent to bylander@dickinson.edu or lmasgalas@ywcacarlisle.org. During the transition, we will be working closely with the YWCA and Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland County for additional support and training opportunities.

The college will begin searches for a permanent Title IX Coordinator and a new director of Prevention Education and Advocacy in the coming months. Any questions may be directed to Joyce Bylander, vice president and dean of student life and interim title IX coordinator (bylander@dickinson.edu).

Sincerely,

Joyce A. Bylander
Vice President and Dean
Student Life