IFSA-Butler aims to create a safe and supportive environment for all of its students. As such, IFSA-Butler strictly prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking against students participating in its programs, perpetrated by an employee or agent of IFSA-Butler (including host families), by another IFSA-Butler student and by third parties who come in contact with IFSA-Butler students. IFSA-Butler also strictly prohibits retaliation for making any complaints related to sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking.
Click here to see the full IFSA-Butler Policy and Procedures Addressing Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking.
Support and Assistance
IFSA-Butler staff care deeply about the health and safety of all of our students. Should you ever be the victim of sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking while participating on one of our programs, please be aware that a resident staff member is available 24/7 in case of emergency. If you want, our staff can assist you in seeking medical attention, filing reports with local law enforcement, implementing safety measures to protect you, and finding support and/or counseling services.
While we understand that most students will not want anyone to know about an incidence of sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking, we encourage you to share with our resident staff in order to get help and support.
All IFSA-Butler employees worldwide are considered responsible employees for reporting alleged sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking. This means that any incident shared with a staff member will be reported to the in-country resident director, who will then report it to IFSA-Butler's director of health, safety and security. This is done for three main reasons:
- To work with you to create the best plan for you to receive assistance and support during your time abroad
- To assess the safety of individual students, the entire group and program staff
- To report the incident to your home university Title IX coordinator and study abroad office for additional help and support
Reporting to U.S. Universities and Colleges
IFSA-Butler assists U.S. universities and colleges in complying with and carrying out their responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Therefore, we will report any incidence of alleged sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking to the Title IX coordinator at your home institution, as well as an employee of the study abroad office who is at least at the level of a director.
Your privacy is important to us, and we will try to protect your privacy by withholding identifying information, such as your name, when reporting to the study abroad office. Identifying information will not be shared with the study abroad office unless you have provided consent. The only person who will receive a full report, including your name, will be the Title IX coordinator. (Please note that at some schools, these two roles may be filled by the same person, in which case we will be required to submit a complete report.)
Confidential Resources Abroad
During the IFSA-Butler orientation, you will receive information about confidential resources in your study abroad location. These resources may include medical professionals, counselors or therapists, sexual assault survivor/advocate groups, university counseling centers, pastoral counselors or others.
Additionally, you may find referrals and assistance by checking out the following resources:
IFSA-Butler strictly prohibits any retaliation against an individual who reports an incident of sexual misconduct, relationship violence or stalking. If the accused, or his or her friends, are a part of the IFSA-Butler community, we will take a strong stance and swift action against such retaliation. The student(s) may face disciplinary action that may include exclusion from program courses or activities, dismissal from the program and notification to the home institution's Title IX coordinator and study abroad office.
Please direct any questions about to:
Director of Health, Safety and Security Eryn Espín-Kudzinski