how to help uwc

Supporting a friend through
the formal UWC process


Introduction

What is the UWC, and what does it do? How can you help your friend?


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The SHARE Center
203-432-2000
The Yale Police Department
203-432-4400
or 911

Introduction

What is the UWC, and what does it do? How can you help your friend?


Want to talk?  Need help?
Anytime, day or night:
The SHARE Center
203-432-2000
The Yale Police Department
203-432-4400
or 911

Overview

What are the stages of the formal UWC process?


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Formal vs Informal Complaints

What’s the difference between formal and informal complaints? How do students choose which path to take?


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203-432-2000
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Challenges

What do students find challenging in this process? How can we help them meet those challenges?


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203-432-2000
The Yale Police Department
203-432-4400
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Confidentiality

What are the expected limits to talking about a UWC case, and why?


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The Yale Police Department
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Choosing not to file

What happens if your friend decides not to file a formal complaint? What should you do?


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The Yale Police Department
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UWC Factfinding

Who are the factfinders? What are their investigations like?


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The Yale Police Department
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The SHARE Center

How does SHARE support complainants through the UWC process?


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The Yale Police Department
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Hearings

What happens in a UWC hearing? What kinds of questions are asked?


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The Yale Police Department
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Decisions and Penalties

How do UWC panels determine whether or not a violation occurred? What are the possible outcomes?


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The Yale Police Department
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Police

Can someone file a disciplinary complaint and press criminal charges at the same time? What services does the YPD provide?


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The SHARE Center
203-432-2000
The Yale Police Department
203-432-4400
or 911

Paths to the UWC

Where can someone who is thinking about filing a complaint go? Are there other ways that complaints come to the UWC?


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The SHARE Center
203-432-2000
The Yale Police Department
203-432-4400
or 911

Title IX Coordinators

What are Title IX Coordinators, and what do they do? Who are ours? How do they help in individual situations?


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The Yale Police Department
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About these videos

Filing a formal UWC complaint can be challenging. It’s usually very rewarding and empowering, too, but there’s no denying – at times it’s pretty hard. Getting good support from a close friend can make a big difference.

As CCEs, we know there are a lot of resources online already about the UWC: the UWC procedures, the explanations on the SHARE site, the Sexual Misconduct Response at Yale options charts. And, of course, all of the administrators involved are always available to answer questions, as are deans, coaches, and other faculty and staff.

Still – sometimes you want to get your explanations directly from another student. That’s why we made these videos. A group of us worked together to design the project, then reached out to administrators and other students to help make it happen. Special thanks to Kimberly Goff-Crews, University Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, who funded the project!

Project Team
Matt Breuer, BR ’14
Catherine Chiocchi, MC ’15
Suzanna Fritzberg, CC ’14
Corey Malone-Smolla, TD ’16
Evan Walker-Wells, TD ’14
Winnie Wang, BR ’15

Student Performers
Hana Awwad, DC ’14
Bechir Auguste-Pierre, JE ’15
Matt Breuer, BR ’14
Michael Cunetta, CC ’14
Daniel Dangaran, ES ’15
Mohamed Hasan, BR ’14
Beth LaBossiere, SY ’14
James Lee, SM ’16
Corey Malone-Smolla, TD ’16
Amy Napleton, TC ’14
Christina Ramsay, DC ’15
Iva Velickovic, BR ’14
Evan Walker-Wells, TD ’14
Winnie Wang, BR ’15


Administrator Supports
Melanie Boyd
Jennifer Czincz
Michael Della Rocca
Kim Goff-Crews
Carole Goldberg
Caroline Hendel
Jason Kilheffer
Aley Menon
Marnie Robbins Hoffman
Susan Sawyer
Stephanie Spangler
Pamela Schirmeister
Elizabeth Stauderman

Production Team:
Director: Jessica Bauman
Camera: Jeff Hoyt
Sound:
Dennis Hrbek and Jay Mangini
Video editing:
Sachin Ramabhadran
Web Design:
Garrett Fiddler
and Richard Espinosa