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YOU are invited to an open forum and community meeting regarding the state of sexual violence prevention and response at Wesleyan hosted by Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator and Maggie Cohen, SART Intern. This meeting is an opportunity to reflect on existing activism, and to offer insights about how to address sexual violence on campus.

Hope to see you there!  Remember to RSVP (awarren[at]Wesleyan[dot]edu) to help us ensure we have refreshments for everyone!

The Health Center will close for Thanksgiving Recess on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

We will reopen on Monday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m.

An On-Call Provider will be available during recess for urgent concerns
by calling (860) 685-2470.  You will speak “live” with an after hours call center rep who will take a message and contact the Doctor on-call.

Students in need of medical assistance when Health Services is closed may contact:

Preferred Walk-In Medical Center
(next to Super Food Mart)
842 Washington Street
Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 346-4484

(*Please alert clinic staff that you are a Wesleyan student)

Middlesex Family Physicians
400 Old Saybrook Road
Middletown, Ct  06457
(860) 346-7738

Crescent Street Obstetrics and Gynecology
49 Crescent Street
Middletown, CT  06457
(860) 344-9993

If the above facilities are closed, students should access the
Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department
28 Crescent Street
(860) 344-6000.

In case of Emergency, call 911

Please read the following information from the Office of Residential Life:

Thanksgiving Break
As you prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, remember to LOCK ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS whether you will be remaining on campus or leaving for the break.  Also, please consider taking home your bikes and other belongings that you will not need through the winter.

If you are staying on campus over the break period, please remember to walk in well lit areas after dark, preferably in groups, and report suspicious people to Public Safety immediately at 860-685-3333 or x-3333 from a campus phone line.  Although the RIDE program will not be operating Thursday through Saturday, Public Safety will provide escorts for individuals upon request.  Public Safety’s general phone number is 860-685-2345.

Preparing for Winter Break
As you finalize your travel arrangements for the winter break, remember residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, December 18, 2011.  All residential units, with the exception of the wood frame houses, will close at this time.  Students can return to campus at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

Seniors who live in wood frame houses can stay in their houses during winter break.  Students who want to stay in their wood frame house over break need to register with Residential Life by Saturday, December 17, 2011 so that the University knows when houses are completely vacant (movement will indicate a burglary and approached as such) and when occupied (in the event of necessary repairs being done).  The registration form is available on the Residential Life website at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/wood_frame_winter_break_form.html.

There will be a limited number of employment opportunities for students looking for work on campus during winter break.  Students wishing to do so must request housing with Residential Life by, Thursday, December 1, 2011.   Requests should be made through the Winter Break web site at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/winter_closing.html.

Please note:  Housing is not guaranteed during the winter break period, students who are granted permission to live in their units during the break will be notified via email on December 9, 2011.

This is a reminder to students that all residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, December 18, 2011.  All residential units, with the exception of wood frame houses, will close at this time; students who wish to stay in their wood frame house must register with Residential Life online at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/wood_frame_winter_break_form.html.

Students can return to campus at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

International students and student athletes will receive information regarding winter break housing from either the Office of International Student Services or their coach.

Students who wish to return to campus early must submit an online application located at http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/winter_break_form.html. This application is due on Thursday, December 1, 2011 – no exceptions.  Please also note that all applications will be scrutinized and there is no guarantee that your request can be processed.

***Furthermore, students who are moving into a new assignment will not be able to pick-up their keys before Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.

There will be a limited number of employment opportunities for students looking for work on campus during winter break.  Students wishing to do so must request housing with the Office of Residential Life by Thursday, December 1, 2011.

In order to maximize class appropriate spaces for students returning from leave/abroad, the Office of Residential Life will not process Room Change Requests after November 18, 2011.  Students interested in making a room change after this date must wait until two weeks into the spring semester, after all returning students have been placed.  Requests to pull-in a student into a spring vacancy can be made until December 7, 2011.

Any questions regarding these processes should be directed to Residential Life at 860-685-3550 or at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

Residential Life is providing alternative housing in lounges for students in residences without power. Students should contact Residential Life at 860-685-3550 by 11 p.m. if they are interested in staying in a lounge.  Once they contact Residential Life, card access will be provided and students will be registered for the lounge to offset overcrowding.

Please contact the Office of Residential Life if you have any questions at 860-685-3550.

Connect with other survivors of sexual assault.
Learn
new skills and tools to move forward in your healing.
Healing
is possible.

Sexual assault is defined as any sexual act that occurs without choice and consent that may include sexual touching, rape and sexual exploitation.

Wednesdays, beginning October 19th—December 7th
6:30-7:45pm (Location to be announced)

Contact Alysha B. Warren, LCPC in Counseling and Psychological Services for more information at 860.685.2910, email awarren@wesleyan.edu (reference “Sass” in subject line) or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/caps/services/group.html

Dealing with the aftermath of a sexual assault alone is difficult.
Support is available.

Sexual assault is an issue that touches all of our lives; whether we have experienced it personally or have a friend who has been sexually assaulted.

WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?

Any sexual act that occurs without choice and consent that may include sexual touching, rape and sexual exploitation.

FACTS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT:

  • Physical force and injuries do not need to be present for it to “count” as a sexual assault. In most cases, physical violence is not used, instead the survivor is threatened or pressured into doing something he or she doesn’t want to do.
  • It is considered sexual assault if the survivor is unable to give consent because s/he is incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol. If a person is intoxicated, they cannot give consent.
  • Most survivors know the person who assaulted them.
  • Healing is possible.

Dealing with the aftermath of a sexual assault is hard to do alone. The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Support Group (SASS) is a place where sexual assault survivors can regain their power through connection with other survivors. If you have been sexually assaulted, either as an adult or as a child, and would like to connect and heal with the support of other survivors, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services and schedule an intake appointment with Alysha B. Warren at 860.685.2910. The sexual assault does not have to have occurred on Wesleyan’s campus. If you have experienced a sexual assault, we invite you to begin your healing process in the company of other survivors. The group will be held on Wednesdays beginning October 19 – December 7 from 6:30-7:45p.m. (location to be announced).

The group will be facilitated by Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator, and Maggie Cohen ’12, Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) Intern. Their role in the group is minimal as group topics are dictated by members and their unique experiences.

Are you ready to begin your healing journey? For more information, contact Alysha at 860.685.2910 or email awarren@wesleyan.edu (include “SASS Group” in the subject line).

When: Wednesdays, beginning October 19th
Time: 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Where: TBD

SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP FAQ

What is the sexual assault survivors’ support group (SASS)?
The SASS group is a support group for survivors of sexual assault. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm beginning October 19th. The group is facilitated by Alysha Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator, and Maggie Cohen, SART Intern. Their role in the group is minimal as discussion topics are dictated by members and their unique experiences.

Who can join the group?
The group is open to students who identify as female who have experienced sexual assault. Men are also survivors of sexual assault and a male survivors’ support group is being developed. If you are interested in the male survivors’ support group, contact Alysha, 860.685.2910 or awarren@wesleyan.edu.

How can I participate?
To join the group, schedule an intake appointment with Alysha in Counseling and Psychological Services (860.685.2910). The purpose of the intake appointment is to learn more about you, your experiences and your interest in the group.

What happens the first night of the group?
Joining a new group can be both exciting and anxiety provoking. On the first night, the group facilitators and members introduce themselves, their goals and hopes for participation in the group and establish guidelines. Topics of discussion are determined by group members.

Is information shared in the group confidential?
In order to foster a safe environment, the facilitators request that information that is shared within the group environment is not shared with people outside of the group. The group will ultimately determine the bounds of confidentiality.

How safe is it for me to participate in the group?
The group location will only be publicized to members of the group. The facilitators work to create an inclusive, safe environment with the assistance of group members. Group members will determine consequences, if any, for violations of group confidentiality.

Who are the facilitators?
Alysha B. Warren joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff in September 2011. She provides counseling and advocacy services to students who have been affected by sexual violence as well as conducts outreach related to education and prevention. Prior to joining the CAPS staff, she developed a grant-funded Campus Against Violence (CAV) program, which included prevention, education and counseling services for students related to sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking at Salisbury University. She has also worked as a therapist at the DC Rape Crisis Center where she provided individual, group and couples counseling to survivors of sexual violence and managed the field placement program. She is inspired by the resiliency of the clients with whom she works and is honored to be a witness to their healing process. In her work with clients, she is empowerment and client-focused and integrates a variety of approaches. When Alysha is not working to eradicate sexual violence, she can be found creating playlists, eating pizza and perfecting her yoga poses.

Maggie Cohen is a senior (at Wesleyan University) and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Intern for 2011-2012. In this position, she supports students affected by sexual violence, and offers them the resources and options available on and off campus. Additionally, she acts as the liaison among student groups working on sexual violence prevention/response and sexual health, helping to foster collaboration among diverse perspectives. Maggie also blogs for The Line Campaign, which works to empower youth to end sexual violence and to actively promote enthusiastic consent. She believes in the importance of healing and self-care, which she finds through yoga, friendships and yummy tea.

I have experienced sexual assault, but I do not want to attend a group. Are there other options available?
Individual counseling is available for students. Seeking counseling can help you sort out your feelings about the event(s), assist you in making decisions about what you would like to do next and help you begin the healing process. Contact Alysha in CAPS to schedule an appointment, 860.685.2910.

Take Back the Night is an annual march for survivors of sexual violence that began in the 1970s. Today at Wesleyan we carry on this work through our own march. The march will include two speak out circles and a candle lighting ceremony and will be followed by debriefing session in Usdan 110. We invite you to give survivors a voice and to show as a community that we will not tolerate sexual violence on our campus.

Where: Olin Steps
When: Thursday, April 7th, 7 p.m.

From the Olin Steps, we will be marching to the CFA Courtyard and then to Andrus Field where survivors can share their stories. Please feel free to join us late. We hope we can count on you to join us for this important event!

Applications for the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Intern for the 2011-2012 academic year are now being accepted.  The SART intern will provide trained peer support to help students navigate on- and off-campus resources and judicial processes.  The intern will also serve as a liaison between the Davison Health Center, the Office of Behavioral Health for Students, WesWell, Student Activities, SART, the Administration, WSA, and other student and campus groups engaged in sexual assault prevention and response initiatives.  More information can be found through the following links:

Applications must be submitted to Dr. Davis Smith (pdsmith@weselyan.edu) at the Davison Health Center by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 15.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Smith or Eliza Gordon ’11 (ejgordon@wesleyan.edu), the current SART intern.

 

  • When exposed to cold temperatures, the pipes in your residence can freeze and rupture, causing significant damage to your personal property and to the building. During the winter months, make sure that every window in your residence is closed and locked tightly at all times. If you have storm windows, pull them closed.
  • Set your heating thermostat (if your unit has one) between 65-68 degrees throughout the winter. Never turn your heat off in the winter.
  • If your residence is frequently too hot or too cold, or if your windows do not lock closed,  please call customer service at 860-685-3400 so that Physical Plant can rectify the situation for you.
  • If you have a car on campus, please be sure to pay attention to the parking ban alerts, and move your car to a student lot by the designated time.
  • You are responsible for shoveling snow off of and around your personal vehicle. You can borrow a shovel from the Public Safety office when you leave your student ID with them.
  • If your car requires a tow truck, you are responsible for making the arrangements. Physical Plant cannot push, pull or tow your vehicle.

Due to the potential of a significant snow storm on Sunday, December 19th, we have decided to close student residences at noon on Monday, December 20, 2010.  We encourage you to leave before Sunday if your travel plans allow; but if you are unable to, you may stay in your residence until noon on Monday, December 20, 2010.  Please note that there will not be additional shuttles scheduled for Monday, December 20, 2010.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life at reslife@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-3550.

This is a REMINDER to all students regarding the winter break.

Please remember that University Housing closes at 12:00 noon on Sunday, December 19, 2010.  All housing will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2011. Take any items of value with you when you leave.  Experience has shown that all residential areas are susceptible to burglaries during break periods. Upon leaving, please make sure that:

  • All windows and doors are closed and locked
  • Blinds and window treatments are closed
  • Garbage is removed from the room
  • Holiday decorations are removed and disposed of properly
  • Heat is turned down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (NOT off)
  • Room door closed and locked

Take any belongings you will need, university personnel will not let you into your unit once it is closed.

Only students who reside in wood frame houses may remain in their unit during the break.  However if you live in a wood frame house, you will need to register with the Office of Residential Life by Saturday, December 18, 2010 to let us know you plan to be here during the break.  http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/Forms/woodframe_house_info.htm.

Unless you have already been pre-approved to return to campus early, you cannot access your housing prior to Monday, January 17, 2011.  Many of our residential units will be alarmed throughout the break period.  If tripped, the situation will be treated as a burglary in progress and both Public Safety and the Middletown Police will respond to the scene.

If you are not returning to your current room next semester, you must move out no later than Sunday, December 19, 2010 at noon.   Please remove all of your belongings and turn in your key to the Office of Residential Life by that time.

For storage information, please go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/pplant/studentstorage.html.

If you are not returning to campus next semester, you must take all of your belongings with you.  There is no long-term storage available; the cleaning staff will dispose of any belongings left behind by students on leave or studying abroad.  If you are studying abroad, you can not leave belongings with friends to store during the summer.

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Office of Residential Life at x-3550 or email them at reslife@wesleyan.edu.

Thank you for your cooperation.  Have a safe and happy break.

As you prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, remember to lock all doors and windows whether you will be remaining on campus or leaving for the break!  Also, please consider taking home your bikes and other belongings that you will not need through the winter.

If you are staying on campus over the break period, remember to walk in well lit areas after dark, preferably in groups, and report suspicious people to Public Safety immediately at 860-685-3333 or x-3333 from a campus phone line.  Although the RIDE program will not be operating Thursday through Saturday, Public Safety will provide escorts for individuals upon request.  Public Safety’s general phone number is 860-685-2345.

As you finalize your travel arrangements for the winter break, remember residential units will close for the fall semester at 12:00 (noon) on Sunday, December 19, 2010.  All residential units, with the exception of the wood frame houses, will close at this time.  Students can return to campus at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2011.

There will be a limited number of employment opportunities for students looking for work on campus during winter break.  Students wishing to do so must request housing with Residential Life by Wednesday, December 1, 2010.   Requests should be made through the Winter Break web site at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/reslife/ugrad_housing/winter_closing.html.

Please note:  Housing is not guaranteed during the winter break period, students who are granted permission to live in their units during the break will be notified by December 10, 2010.

Get to know Public Safety and the Middletown Police Department!

Come mingle with the Officers of Public Safety as well as the Middletown Police Department tomorrow night Tuesday, October 12, in Usdan from 6-8pm.

PSafe and MPD will be in the Usdan lobby to answer any questions you may have. Stop by if you have any questions or concerns or if you simply want to say hi to the men and women serving you in Grey and Blue!

To Members of the Wesleyan Community:

I am writing to remind you of an important resource that the Office of Behavioral Health (OBHS) has developed for the Wesleyan community.  Effective Interventions:  A Guide for Faculty and Staff to Recognize and Aid Students in Distress provides all members of the Wesleyan community with information on recognizing and assisting persons in emotional distress.  Although written primarily with a faculty and staff audience in mind, I am sending this message to students because I suspect the information may also be useful in helping students support their peers.

The Guide can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/obhs/distress.pdf

Finally, let me remind each of you that OBHS exists expressly to help students (undergraduate and graduate) to deal effectively with emotional, personal, interpersonal and situational issues which cause unhappiness, frustration and/or disruption to their lives.  If you are a Wesleyan student who thinks some professional input could be useful, OBHS encourages you to contact us at 860-685-2910 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.  In an emergency you can always reach the therapist on call (24/7 whenever classes/exams are in session) – simply call and follow the directions to reach a therapist after hours.  Our services are free to Wesleyan students.  All information that you reveal to us is considered absolutely confidential and would be revealed only with your explicit permission or in an emergency situation where there is a need to prevent injury to you or to others.

Remember, if you have any questions, at any time, please feel free to call OBHS.

Sincerely,

Dr. Philippa M. Coughlan
Director of OBHS

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