Towson University is committed to ending sexual violence on our campus and creating a community that supports victims and survivors. It takes every single Tiger to make that happen. Learn how you can help end sexual violence.
Sexual violence is an umbrella term that includes:
The Towson University Policy on Sexual Misconduct applies to all students, faculty, and staff regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. It prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct and sexual violence. Retaliation against any individual who reports, testifies, assists, or participates in a sexual misconduct investigation, hearing, or proceeding, is prohibited. Retaliation includes retaliatory harassment, intimidation, threats, and coercion.
Consent is voluntary, affirmative, and active agreement to a sexual activity. Sexual activity WITHOUT consent is sexual violence. Consent is:
Active: Consent must be mutually understood affirmative words or actions, it can NOT be implied through silence or previous sexual or dating history.
Coherent: If someone is incapacitated from alcohol or drugs, asleep, or otherwise mentally impaired, they are not able to consent to sexual activity.
Willing: Consent must be given freely, it can NOT be granted under psychological, emotional, or physical force, manipulation, persuasion, or threats.
Ongoing: Voluntary and affirmative agreement is necessary for every sexual activity, every time. Past consent does not apply to present or future acts, and consent can be withdrawn at any time.
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All members of the campus community can take action to safely and effectively prevent sexual and relationship violence. These are four intervention strategies for being an active bystander to prevent sexual violence:
With Circle of 6, you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe, and prevent violence before it happens. The free Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to discreetly contact the 6 friends you choose. Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two touches lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Icons represent actions; so that no one can tell what you are up to. Designed for college students, it's fast, easy to use and private. It's the mobile way to look out for your friends, on campus or when you're out for the night.
You can add three to six contacts from your phone to your circle. Think about who is likely to have their phone, answer their texts, and be able to provide help. People you may want to ask include close friends, your RA, roommates, or teammates. It's only two taps to change your circle. Keep your people up to date if you move dorms, go abroad, or make new friends.
In addition to adding six friends, you can also program in an outgoing phone number. Chose a number you might want to call quickly in an emergency, such as TurnAround's 24-hour hotline (443-279-0379), TUPD's SAFE Walk (410-704-7233), or TUPD emergency line (710-704-4444). Saving these numbers in your contacts will give you additional choices in the moment if you or a friend ever need help.
In addition to using your phone, you can talk to people in your circle, and other trusted friends, about your plans before you go out. Decide and share how you will get home before you go out. Travel in groups, watch out for each other, and trust your instincts. If you have a gut feeling about a place or person, leave. If you are traveling somewhere by yourself, or with people you don't know well, tell someone you trust where you are going and when you expect to be back. Make a plan for them to contact an authority if they don't hear from you at the appointed time.