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Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct - Title IX

Title IX - Use Your Voice

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Use Your Voice is the name of MCW’s Title IX branding focused on prevention and awareness. As a member of the MCW community, the branding encourages you to “Use Your Voice” to address issues of discrimination and violence.

MCW is committed to creating and sustaining a safe learning and working environment that recognizes and values the dignity of all members of the MCW community.

If you have any comments, questions, or further information you would like to share, feel free to contact Katie Kassulke at TitleIXCoordinator@mcw.edu

MCW has developed a Use Your Voice Steering Committee that meets throughout the year to provide recommendations to the Title IX Coordinator regarding ongoing compliance, education and prevention measures relating to Title IX, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. View List of Members (PDF).

MCW's Commitment

MCW is committed to creating and sustaining a safe learning and working environment that recognizes and values the dignity of all members of the MCW community. In furtherance of this commitment and as more fully described below, MCW strictly prohibits domestic violence, dating violence, discrimination based on sex, sexual assault and stalking as stated in the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

MCW has a LGBTPM student run organization whose mission is to cultivate - through activism, education, and diverse membership - an environment of safety and pride for past, current, and future students, faculty and staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities. By building support both on and off campus, we will break down barriers of homophobia within the medical community to further combat inequalities facing both physicians and LGBT patients. Membership is free. We welcome all members, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identities, to join us. Visit the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Medicine page for more information.

In accordance with Title IX, and consistent with MCW’s commitment to ensure a safe learning and working environment, all reports of sexual discrimination and sexual violence are taken seriously. Sexual discrimination includes gender inequity as well as all forms of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault and other acts of sexual violence. MCW will take prompt action to eliminate the sexual discrimination or misconduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.

MCW Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). At MCW, we are committed to a safe learning and working environment. MCW, through a partnership between Public Safety and the Title IX Steering Committee, is sharing DVAM information and resources with faculty, staff and students.

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Weekly Events

Week 1 | Monday, Oct. 1 – Friday, Oct. 5

Purple Ribbon Giveaway (all week)
Ribbons and donation boxes have been placed around campus. Please wear your ribbon throughout DVAM. Donations will benefit the Sojourner Family Peace Center.

DVAM Resources
Stop by the table located outside of MCW Public Safety to receive resources related to DVAM.

Domestic Violence Awareness: Immigrant and Refugee Health Program on Oct. 3

  • Join us on Oct. 3 from 12:00 – 1 pm in the Kerrigan Auditorium for a panel/lecture presented by the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA).
  • This panel/lecture will consist of Milwaukee area non-profits that work with immigrant and refugee populations in the gender-based violence field. We will have representatives from the Hmong American Women's Association (HAWA) and the UMOS Latina Resource Center attending to share their perspective, experience and recommendation in working with Latinx and Southeast Asian immigrant/refugee communities.

Week 2 | Monday, Oct. 8 – Friday, Oct. 12

Empty Place at the Table display
Located outside the MCW cafeteria, the Empty Place at the Table display honors those who have been lost to domestic violence with symbolic items.

Week 3 | Monday, Oct. 15 – Friday, Oct. 19

Lunch & Learn: The Scope of Domestic Violence and Services Available
Please join us on Thursday, Oct. 18 for a lunch & learn on the on power and control in relation to abuse, the cycle of violence, how to support a survivor, and resources in the community.

Bring your lunch and join us from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm in MEB M2050/70 for this presentation by Leeana from The Women’s Center in Waukesha.

The mission of The Women’s Center is to provide safety, shelter, and support to empower all impacted by domestic abuse, sexual violence, child abuse, and trafficking. One of the programs and services of The Women’s Center is Violence Prevention and Community Education.

Leeana, the Violence Prevention Advocate, will be speaking about the topics of domestic violence and resources in the community. Leeana works with schools throughout Waukesha County to teach youth about teen dating violence, consent, personal boundaries, bullying, and healthy friendships. She also works with local agencies and other community partners to provide education on issues related to violence and abuse in our community.

The lunch and learn will also be available via livestream.

Week 4 | Monday, Oct. 22 – Friday, Oct. 26

Wishlist Item Drive
Donations will be accepted outside of MCW Public Safety and will benefit the Sojourner Family Peace Center. Items of need can be found on the Sojourner Family Peace Center donation page.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is the use of a pattern of abuse used by one intimate partner against another (adult or child) to maintain power and control in a familiar relationship. Abuse affects all populations, regardless of their age, race, sex, nationality, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Domestic violence includes behaviors that physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a partner from doing what they wish or force them to behave in ways they do not want. It includes the use of physical and sexual violence, threats and intimidation, emotional abuse and economic deprivation. Many of these different forms of domestic violence/abuse can be occurring at any one time within the same intimate relationship.

Facts provided by the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Milwaukee Health Department.

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233 (SAFE) or 1 (800) 787-3224 (TTY) now.

Domestic violence statistics

Domestic violence is unfortunately more common than many people may think. In the United States, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. One in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.

In 2016, there were 51 incidents of domestic violence homicides and a total of 73 deaths (victim and perpetrator) in Wisconsin. While this information can seem dire, support is available to those who seek it. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-SAFE to talk to a counselor who can help connect you to support locally.

Facts provided by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and End Domestic Abuse WI.

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233 (SAFE) or 1 (800) 787-3224 (TTY) now.

Why don't they just leave?

People who have never been abused often wonder why a person wouldn’t just leave an abusive relationship. They don’t understand that leaving can be more complicated than it seems. Leaving is often the most dangerous time for a victim of abuse, because abuse is about power and control. When a victim leaves, they are taking control and threatening the abusive partner’s power, which could cause the abusive partner to retaliate in very destructive ways.

Aside from this danger, there are many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships. Here are just a few of the common ones:

Fear: A person may be afraid of what will happen if they decide to leave the relationship.

Believing abuse is normal: A person may not know what a healthy relationship looks like, perhaps from growing up in an environment where abuse was common, and they may not recognize that their relationship is unhealthy.

Low self-esteem: When an abusive partner constantly puts someone down and blames them for the abuse, it can be easy for the victim to believe those statements and think that the abuse is their fault.

Love: So often, the victim feels love for their abusive partner. They may have children with them and want to maintain their family. Abusive people can often be charming, especially at the beginning of a relationship, and the victim may hope that their partner will go back to being that person. They may only want the violence to stop, not for the relationship to end entirely.

Cultural/Religious reasons: Traditional gender roles supported by someone’s culture or religion may influence them to stay rather than end the relationship for fear of bringing shame upon their family.

If you know someone who is experiencing abuse, one of the most important things you can do is be there for them and offer support without judgment. Let them know that they deserve respect, and that the abuse is NOT their fault. Learn more about offering support to a friend or family member.

Facts provided by the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233 (SAFE) or 1 (800) 787-3224 (TTY) now.

Wisconsin domestic violence services data

On Sept. 13, 2017, 58 out of 72 (81%) identified domestic violence programs in Wisconsin participated in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The following figures represent the information reported by these 58 participating programs about services provided during the 24-hour survey period.

  • 1,842 victims were served in one day
    • 913 adult and child victims of domestic violence found refuge in emergency shelters
    • 929 adult and child victims received non-residential assistance (counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups
  • 770 Hotline Calls Answered
  • 243 individuals in communities across Wisconsin attended training sessions

Unfortunately, 212 requests for services on this date, many of which were for housing, went unmet due to a lack of resources to meet victims’ needs.

Facts provided by the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233 (SAFE) or 1 (800) 787-3224 (TTY) now.

MCW Reporting Procedures & Resources

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Reporting Procedures

Individuals may report domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, a sex offense, and/or stalking to any of the following:

1. Emergencies. To report emergent situations involving any of the above-stated crimes, call 911 or 9-911 from an MCW campus phone. Emergencies on MCW campus may also be reported to MCW Public Safety at (414) 955-8299.

2. Law Enforcement Contacts. Victims can contact the following law enforcement agencies directly at:

Milwaukee County Sheriff
(414) 278-4788
10190 W. Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

MCW Green Bay - St. Norbert College Campus Safety
(920) 403-3299
Pennings Activity Center, Room 120
290 Reid St.
De Pere, WI 54115

MCW Green Bay - De Pere Police Department
(920) 339-4078
325 S. Broadway St.
De Pere, WI 54115

MCW Green Bay - Green Bay Police Department
(920) 391-7450
307 S Adams St.
Green Bay, WI 54301

MCW Central Wisconsin - Wausau Police Department
(715) 261-7800
515 Grand Ave.
Wausau, WI 54403

MCW Central Wisconsin - Tomah Police Department
(608) 374-7400
805 Superior Ave.
Tomah, WI 54660

MCW Central Wisconsin - Marshfield Police Department
(715) 384-3113
110 W. 1st St.
Marshfield, WI 54449

MCW Central Wisconsin - UW-Stevens Point Protective Services
(715) 346-3456
1925 Maria Dr.
Stevens Point, WI 54481

MCW Central Wisconsin - Stevens Point Police Department
(715) 346-1500
1515 Strongs Ave.
Stevens Point, WI 54481

3. MCW Public Safety. Reports may be made by calling MCW Public Safety (414) 955-8299. MCW Public Safety will assist in emergent and non-emergent cases. MCW Public Safety personnel will assist any person who requests assistance with reporting, and will conduct investigative activities as required. Victims also have the right, pursuant to applicable laws, to obtain orders of protection, no contact orders, restraining orders, or similar lawful orders issued by a criminal, civil or tribal court.

4. MCW Title IX Coordinator. MCW’s Title IX Coordinator is Katie Kassulke, Director of Employee Relations/Title IX Coordinator. Her office is located in the Human Resources offices at the Research Park Center (RPC), Suite 140. Reports can be made by calling (414) 955-8668, writing (TitleIXcoordinator@mcw.edu) or visiting the office in person.

MCW will keep information about the victims confidential, to the extent it can do so while performing investigations and other procedures required by this or other institutional policies, and/or by law.

Retaliation against a complainant for making a report pursuant to this Policy is strictly prohibited.

MCW strongly encourages all members of its community to report these crimes immediately. Victims of any of the above crimes have the right to report such crimes to local law enforcement, and to receive assistance from MCW Public Safety in making such reports, as requested.

Responsible Employees

All MCW faculty and staff are considered to be "responsible employees" under Title IX and have a duty to immediately report information received regarding incidents of sexual assault/sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sex discrimination to the Title IX Coordinator.

Exceptions include: Employees that learn of an incident through the course of treatment of a patient.

Confidential Resources

  • Employee Assistance Program available to both employees and students
  • Mental Health Services available to students
  • MCW Compliance Lines (accepts anonymous reports)
  • Ombuds Office (414) 266-8776 available for employee

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator is tasked with coordinating efforts to comply with and carry out responsibilities under Title IX. This role is critical in helping a school ensure all faculty, staff, residents, and students are aware of their rights and obligations under Title IX. The Title IX Coordinator serves as the first point of contact for reports of sexual misconduct or discrimination, and this person is responsible for overseeing the investigation process.

MCW Title IX Coordinator

Katie Kassulke
Administrative Director of Faculty Relations/Title IX Coordinator
(414) 955-8668
kkasulk@mcw.edu or TitleIXcoordinator@mcw.edu

The Deputy Title IX Coordinator is responsible for receiving reports of sexual misconduct or discrimination.

Deputy Title IX Coordinators representing Faculty, Staff and Students

Cassandra Anick
(414) 955-8114
canick@mcw.edu

Nicole Richmond
(414) 955-8657
nrichmond@mcw.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator representing Residents, MCW - Milwaukee

Nancy Duran
Director of Risk Management
(414) 955-4847
nduran@mcw.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator representing Graduate Students, MCW - Milwaukee

Neil Hogg, PhD
Associate Dean of Students - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Professor
(414) 955-4012
nhogg@mcw.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator representing Faculty, Staff, Residents, and Students, MCW - Central Wisconsin

Theresa Gutsch
Campus Administrator, MCW – Central Wisconsin
(715) 847-0419
tgutsch@mcw.edu

Christopher Knight
Student Services Program Manager, MCW – Central Wisconsin
(715) 847-2058
ckknight@mcw.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator representing Faculty, Staff, and Medical Students, MCW - Green Bay

Sunny Debelak
Campus Administrator, MCW – Green Bay
(920) 403-4502
sdebelak@mcw.edu

Jennifer Haluzak
Student Services Manager, MCW – Green Bay
(920) 403-4506
jhaluzak@mcw.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator representing Faculty, Staff, and Residents, MCW – Fox Valley

Lee Vogel
Executive Director and Assistant Professor, MCW – Fox Valley
(920) 997-8446
leevogel@mcw.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator representing students in the School of Pharmacy

Shaun Keating
Director of Enrollment and Student Services
(414) 955-2852
skeating@mcw.edu

Reports of any form of sexual misconduct can be made to the Title IX Coordinator or to the appropriate Deputy Title IX Coordinator as listed above. All complaints will be taken seriously and addressed in a timely manner.

Assistance and Resources

MCW Resources

  • MCW Public Safety
    • Non-emergency - (414) 955-8295
    • Emergency - (414) 955-8299
  • Office of Academic Affairs - (414) 955-8279
  • Office of Human Resources - (414) 955-8668
  • Office of Multicultural Student Affairs - (414) 955-8734
  • Ombuds Office - (414) 266-8776
  • Office of Student Support Services - (414) 955-8933
  • Office of Student Affairs - (414) 955-8256
  • Employee Assistance Program - (866) 757-3271

Community Resources

  • Domestic Violence Hotline - (414) 933-2722
  • Milwaukee County Behavioral Health - (414) 257-6995
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office - (414) 278-4788
  • Milwaukee Women’s Center Crisis Hotline - (414) 671-6140
  • National Dating Abuse Helpline - (866) 331-9474
  • Office for Civil Rights - (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov
  • Sojourner Truth House 24-Hour Hotline - (414) 933-2722
  • Sexual Assault Treatment Centers - (414) 219-5555
  • Women’s Center Inc. 24-Hour Crisis Line - (262) 542-3828