Your Top 5
We have curated this quick list (called Your Top 5) just for you. These are the key things you need to know (and do) this month to make sure that your 2021–2022 academic year is a successful one.
Student Success Center Resources
Are you aware of the many ways the Student Success Center helps you succeed in your classes and beyond? From success coaches and faculty advisors to academic and career support services, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a roundup of Student Success Center resources and services available to you. Take advantage of them!
Face-Covering & Daily Screening Requirements
To safeguard our community, masks must be worn in all indoor spaces by all community members and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. See our face covering policy. Also, all individuals living on campus or coming to the hilltop must complete daily screenings on the TopperSafe app, whether they’re vaccinated or not.
Get Involved with Student Organizations
Missed the Involvement Fair on Sept. 2? No problem! You can still connect with student leaders to ask questions and get involved. With 100+ student organizations and clubs on campus, you’ll find plenty of choices that suit your interests and goals. It’s a great way to meet Hilltoppers and make new friends. You can even start a new club!
Complete the Student Success Survey
Help us help you succeed by providing you the best resources and support! The Student Success Survey, arrived in your SEU email on Sept. 13. It only takes 5 minutes, and you and your success coach can use it together to build your action plan for academic and personal success. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, Sept. 27.
Request an Accommodation Letter
If you have an academic, medical or psychological disability, Student Disability Services can provide you with an accommodation letter. Contact them to discuss any accommodations you may need. The earlier you reach out, the better so that your professors, resident assistant and/or coaches are ready to support your accommodation right away.
BONUS: Free Tutoring & Supplemental Instruction
Online tutoring and in-person Supplemental Instruction (SI) are available for Fall 2021 undergraduate courses. All online tutoring support can be found on the TutorMe myHilltop task. TutorMe connects you with live tutors for 24/7 support in 300+ subjects. SI provides virtual review sessions for some of the most challenging courses. See the SI schedule.
Safety Precautions Away from Campus
For added safety when you’re away from the hilltop, we recommend you wear masks indoors in public, regardless of your vaccination status. Avoid large crowds indoors and outdoors. If you suspect you have been exposed to Covid-19, take precautions and get tested. Our actions on and off the hilltop contribute to the health of our overall community.
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Policies and Regulations
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Monthly Updates
September 9, 2021
Dear Hilltopper Community,
Title IX addresses issues of sex/gender equity (access to programs, athletics, scholarships, etc.), sexual harassment (including sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and dating violence), protecting the rights of pregnant/parenting students, and the rights of LGBTQIA students and employees to be free from discrimination. We will be using this page to share future monthly updates about sexual misconduct policies, processes and resources.
While the Title IX regulations were significantly changed in August of 2020 and remain in effect while the current Department of Education continues their comprehensive review, it is our goal to emphasize the best parts of the regulations while working to minimize the potentially negative impact of some of the more challenging provisions. We comply with all requirements, but there is some latitude for how universities interpret the new rules, and how they are implemented. Importantly, the university provides a number of procedural protections that are important to all members of this community, including:
- Providing clear notice to anyone accused of misconduct along with a presumption of innocence;
- Protections and accountability for students and employees (including faculty and staff);
- Conducting a process that is very transparent to the participants, where all evidence is known
- and shared prior to any final decision;
- Providing a strong set of supportive measures to all parties that are designed to effectively bring
- an end to any hostile environment;
- Delivering resolutions to complaints as promptly as possible;
- Strong sanctions for violations of policy;
- A clear brochure offering guidance on all resolution options;
- Flowcharts within policy to make options clearer and more user-friendly;
- Appropriate informal resolution opportunities.
The process includes a hearing but isn’t the same as an adversarial trial. In fact, nothing requires the
parties to be in the same room with each other, at all, and all parties have the right to an advisor of their choosing throughout the process. At the hearing, most questions are asked by a neutral hearing
decision-maker, and if there are remaining questions, they may be posed by the advisors to the parties, not the parties themselves. And, before a witness responds to a question from the other party’s advisor, the decision-maker first determines whether the question is relevant and ensures that it is not abusive. This approach to questioning is humane, and trauma-informed, while also helping the hearing decision-maker to have access to all the information they need to make a fair decision. Also important to note, last month the DOE determined that a decision-maker may now consider statements and evidence brought forward during the investigation regardless of whether the parties or witnesses submit to cross-examination during the live hearing.
We are dedicated to a process that respects the equal dignity of all members of the university
community. We respect the right of someone who experiences sexual misconduct to process it in the way that is best for them and their healing process. We respect their right to choose to bring a report forward for a university formal resolution, or to seek a response from the university that is primarily centered on supportive measures and resources available from St. Edward’s and/or the larger community. Fair process is a priority, as is repairing harm and facilitating healing and safety for all members of the community irrespective of race, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, socio-economic status, or the other qualities/identities that we value within a diverse community.
To learn more about the university policies and procedures, please go to our Title IX webpage—we
continue to update it as we make improvements. If you have questions about the process or wish to
speak to someone about your options to report or seek support, students may contact the Dean of
Students Office (512-448-8408, firstname.lastname@example.org) and employees may contact the Office of Human Resources (512-448-8587, HR@stedwards.edu).
As a reminder, all faculty, staff and resident assistants are mandatory reporters and required to report
incidents of sexual misconduct they witness or receive information about and cannot provide
confidentiality. Mandatory reporters are required to provide the Title IX Coordinator with all relevant
details, including the names of those involved in the incident. You can read more about mandatory
We wish you a healthy and safe 2021-2022 school year and remind you that the Title IX Team is here for you if we are needed. I will share monthly updates with you, so watch for future emails! As a reminder, you can make a complaint or express concern about a student or employee and it can be anonymous if needed. You can also see SEU’s Annual Security Report with crime statistics and Daily Crime and Fire Logs.