Dear Members of the RBHS Community:
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) is committed to nurturing an environment that is free from sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment, sexual violence, and other related misconduct. This environment is built upon respect and our responsibility to care for each other and our community. This applies equally in the exam room, laboratory, classroom, and office, as well as in our interactions with peers, mentors, students, colleagues, friends, and family. Sexual misconduct is a major societal problem, and it does make its way to our campuses. However, Rutgers is committed to both prevention and assisting members of our community who are victims and survivors. As members of this community, we all have a role to play in helping those affected by sexual misconduct and in stopping it.
Rutgers is a leader in researching and addressing sexual violence within university environments. We harness the power of research to recognize societal problems and to develop informed solutions to make a difference. In conjunction with the School of Social Work’s Center on Violence Against Women and Children, a national leader, RBHS is piloting a campus climate survey to assess issues of sexual harassment and gender discrimination on campus. The insights we gain will inform our next steps, which includes expansion throughout the larger RBHS community in the Spring of 2020.
The RBHS Office of Academic and Student Affairs offers resources to support and advocate for survivors and witnesses, interventions to prevent perpetration, and activities to encourage bystander intervention. These services include confidential reporting and counseling. Please remember that RBHS faculty and staff are required as responsible employees to report incidents to our Title IX coordinator. I ask that everyone—employees and students—visit the Title IX and Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) webpages at oasa.rbhs.rutgers.edu to become familiar with the tools and resources available so that we may all advocate for the well-being of every member of our community. To schedule a meeting, speak to a support person, or inquire more about VPVA services, please contact 973-972-4636.
Thank you for being a partner in ending sexual misconduct at Rutgers.
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University