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The Roger Williams University community is committed to preserving the dignity and safety of all of its members.  Our goal is to create and ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all.  The University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct, gender-based misconduct, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking, or relationship violence in any form within our community.  All forms of sexual misconduct are discriminatory in nature and are prohibited by Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 as well as prohibited by the Roger Williams University Student Code of Conduct.

Confidential Resources

Any person who is a victim of Sexual Misconduct and or Relationship Violence/Gender Based Misconduct can obtain confidential support on- and/or off-campus from the professional staff listed below.

RWU Confidential Resources

  • Center for Counseling and Student Development: 401-254-3124
  • Health Services, Center for Student Development: 401-254-3156
  • Multifaith Chaplain, Rev. Nancy Soukup, Intercultural Center: 401-254-3433 nsoukup@rwu.edu

Off-Campus Confidential Resource

  • Day One: 401-421-4100

“Responsible Employees”/Other Important Resources

A “responsible employee” is a University employee who has the authority to address sexual misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.

When a victim tells a responsible employee about an incident of sexual violence, the victim has the right to expect the University to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.

A responsible employee must report to the Title IX Coordinator or other Deputies, all relevant details about the alleged sexual misconduct shared by the victim and that the University will need to determine what happened – including the names of the victim and alleged perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time, and specific location of the alleged incident.

To the extent possible, information reported to a responsible employee will be shared only with people responsible for handling the University’s response to the report.   A responsible employee should not share information with law enforcement without the victim’s consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to law enforcement.

The Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Kathleen McMahon (kmcmahon@rwu.edu) serves as the University Deputy Title IX Coordinator for student matters. Students who report sexual misconduct will be offered support from a variety of services, including the Sexual Assault Advisor Support Program (SAASP) by Dean McMahon.

A student may also pursue any or all of these options:

A more comprehensive description of the RWU Sexual Misconduct and relationship violence policies can be found here.