Join the Compliance and Title IX Office and Lang Health, students, employees, and several other campus partners to read a proclamation for taking a stand against domestic violence. With 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experiencing the impact of domestic violence in their lifetime, we encourage you to stand in solidarity by reading the proclamation to stand up for, stand with, and speak out against this societal issue.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, after the campus starts “putting a nail in domestic violence” at 11:30 a.m., we will pause for a moment to read the proclamation and pledge at 12:15 p.m. At 12:30 p.m., we will witness the launch of “Beautiful,” a video created by RU Student Michael Jender in recognition of domestic violence awareness and bullying awareness month. He will share the inspiration behind creating the video. The video will be available on the Title IX page after the launch. All activities will be held in The Den area.

Did you know domestic violence is the 3rd leading cause of homelessness among families? We aim to help put an end to domestic violence as supporter of the “Put a Nail in It,” an initiative sponsored by Safe Horizons and the No More campaign. This is the second year RU has participated in solidarity with survivors of domestic violence.

How can you support?: Meet us at the Den, have your ring finger painted purple (the nationally recognized color for domestic violence awareness) and spread the word! Simple as that and takes less than 10 minutes. The Put a Nail in It awareness program will be held Oct 24 & Oct 25. We extended the time for Oct 24 until 2:30.

Meet and get your nail painted by student athletes, members of the Title IX Team and the new Lang Health Counseling staff. This program is a partnership of RU Athletics, Compliance and Title IX and Lang Health. Questions? Contact LaShun McGhee at lmghee@rockford.edu.

As we  participate the national month for sexual assault awareness, in the spirit of offering a fair and equitable response, which is one of the roles of the Title IX Officer, we will have an open discussion about what happens when someone is accused of an act of sexual or other violence on campus. Sharing information regarding  institutional support, response, process, and  the rights of the respondent will be the main focus of this discussion.

In recognition of April being sexual assault awareness month (SAAM), several events have been planned and Campus and Community Partners have joined together in collaboration or as individual sponsor to raise awareness of acts of sexual violence and gender-based rights.