bewisereportitThe UVa-Wise Office of Compliance and Conduct is launching an online reporting system, called “Be Wise, Report It,” for incidents of sexual or gender-based violence.

“The system, which will go live on August 7, will allow for prompt reporting of instances of prohibited behavior that we learn about, witness or experience,” said Tabitha Smith, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Compliance Programming.

Smith explained that UVa-Wise is committed to maintaining a respectful, professional and nondiscriminatory academic, living and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

“This includes having an environment free from sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking sexual exploitation, complicity and retaliation,” Smith said.

Smith said Katelyn Sturgill, a senior majoring in history with a minor in women’s studies, came up with the name for the system.

“The Office of Compliance and Conduct encourages every member of the UVa—Wise community to use the Be Wise. Report It. system to promptly report incidents and to also have full confidence those reports will be treated seriously and investigated timely and impartially,” Smith added.

The “Be Wise. Report It” system will be available at https://home.uvawise.edu/complianceforms/forms/incidents-report-form