Fraternity & Sorority Programs exists to develop innovative approaches that empower fraternity and sorority members to tackle their greatest challenges, create change for the common good, and realize their full potential. We want our fraternity and sorority members to have a fun, memorable, and safe experience. Through training, education, and coaching, we provide the necessary tools chapters need to create a safe, healthy, and responsible environment that allows all members to be successful in their daily endeavors.
In alignment with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University of Arizona prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, such as sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking. We welcome all members of the community to reach out if they have a concern, need assistance or support, or would like to provide a referral or a report.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Sexual assault refers to any sexual act directed against another person, without consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent. For the University of Arizona’s complete definition of sexual assault, please click on this link
- Freely Given: without pressure or manipulation, and with a clear mind
- Reversible: someone can change their mind
- Informed: in the know about the sexual acts involved; aware of partner(s)’s STI status
- Engaged: everyone is actively engaged and able to communicate throughout
- Specific: consent to one sexual act doesn’t mean consent to any other; consent one time doesn’t mean consent the next
This is an excellent question and you're taking a great first step by asking it. Each person who experiences sexual assault reacts differently and has different needs, but here's a rough guideline of how you can start to support them.
- Believe them: Make it clear that you believe the assault happened and that the assault is not the survivor’s fault.
- Listen to them: remain calm and be available for the survivor to express a range of feelings and/or needs.
- Maintain their privacy: Let the survivor decide who to tell about the assault.
- Offer resources: Give the survivor information about the resources that are available to them, but let the survivor decide whether they want to contact them or not.
- Take care of yourself: Recognize your own feelings and seek support for yourself by contacting Survivor Advocacy or SACASA.
For a more comprehensive guide on how to support survivors, click here for information from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Family members can work to prevent sexual violence by establishing healthy and positive relationships that are based on respect, safety, and equality. You can play an active role in stopping sexual violence before it occurs by becoming an engaged bystander. Sexual assault affects us all; therefore, we are all a part of the solution.
You can work to prevent sexual violence by promoting consent culture within your community. Consent culture is a culture, environment, or society where overt, enthusiastic consent is normalized and expected within and outside of intimate relationships. Consent culture encourages respect for the bodily autonomy of everyone. In a consent culture, sexual violence is taken seriously, and perpetrators are held responsible for their actions. You can also play an active role in stopping sexual violence before it occurs by becoming an engaged bystander. Sexual assault affects us all; therefore, we are all a part of the solution. If you want to learn more, visit our page on prevention education.
Great question. It depends who the survivor reports to. To better understand your reporting options, contact Survivor Advocacy. They can let you know what options are available to you and can provide more information about each process too.
For information about the University's reporting process through the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), click here.
It can if you plan to report. Factors such as location, whether the perpetrator is a University of Arizona student, etc. can play a role in what reporting options are available to you. Survivor Advocacy is a great place to start because they're confidential and can help you determine the options available to you.
Whether or not you plan to report, as a University of Arizona student you can still access support resources through Survivor Advocacy.
Every chapter and headquarters have a different process for reporting. Review your headquarters website and speak to your Chapter President, Risk Manager, or Hunter White Health Advocate to find out more about any resources specific to your chapter.
Most University employees are responsible for promptly reporting any concern of sex discrimination (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking) related to a student to the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). Click here to visit OIE's webpage and learn more.
To speak with someone confidentially, contact a Survivor Advocate by completing their referral form here.