An important message about personal safety

Members of the UMKC campus community:

With the end of the spring semester rapidly approaching, I wanted to take this opportunity to update the entire campus community on an issue we take very seriously: the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff.

As you may recall, University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe recently directed each of the four campuses of the UM System to conduct comprehensive reviews of their respective policies, training and procedures concerning the prevention and reporting of sexual misconduct including sexual violence, sexual assaults and sexual harassment, and the availability of mental health services. This inventory is the first step of a three-phase task force designed to ensure that each University of Missouri campus has the necessary resources to educate the campus community about sexual violence and prevention, as well as an effective process for reporting such incidents, plus adequate capacity to address mental health issues among our students, faculty and staff.

I am pleased to report that we have completed our detailed inventory, and wanted to use this opportunity to reinforce some of the important resources we have available here at UMKC for those who have been victims of, or wish to report, sexual violence, or who have mental health issues. I encourage everyone to become familiar with these resources, so they always know where to turn:

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE: 911

UMKC Police: 816-235-1515

Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinators: 816-235-6910
http://www.umkc.edu/hr/TitleIX/Title_IX_Coordinators.asp

UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project: Michelle Kroner, Victim Services Adjudication Advisor, 816-235-1652 or kronermm@umkc.edu

UMKC Counseling Center: 816-235-1635

Counseling Center Emergency Appointment Guide: http://www.umkc.edu/counselingcenter/emergency-appointments.asp

Student Health and Wellness Center: (816) 235-6133

Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Helpline: 816-235-2222
http://www.umkc.edu/helpline/

It is imperative that we set an example in taking an active role in addressing difficult issues such as sexual violence and mental illness, because the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is an absolute priority at UMKC.

Working together as a community, we can ensure that we are always promoting a campus culture of respect.

Sincerely,

Leo E. Morton
Chancellor

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