Education and Awareness
We believe that education and awareness topics related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking can help create a culture of respect both on campus and within our community.
- All incoming freshman and transfer students are required to take on line Sexual Assault Prevention training, which includes primary prevention, bystander intervention and strategies to reduce your risk of sexual assaults.
- Faculty and staff are required to take similar on line training during new hire orientation and every two years.
- Title IX staff are required to take specialized training
In September 2014, the It's On Us was founded from initiatives of the Obama-Biden administration. The White House Task Force launched recommendations to prevent sexual assault that expressed the importance of inviting everyone to a conversation on sexual assault prevention. It’s On Us is now one of the nation’s largest nonprofit program dedicated to college sexual assault prevention and survivor support.
National Stalking Awareness Month
- To raise awareness about this serious, prevalent and dangerous crime. Topics: Human trafficking & stalking
Dating Awareness Month (Healthy Relationship Month)
- To amplify efforts to increase awareness regarding dating violence and promote safe, healthy relationships.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- To promote the advocacy, awareness and prevention of sexual assault.
National Dating & Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- To unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues
The following tips may reduce your risk for many different types of crimes, particularly sexual violence.
- Stay alert. When you’re moving around on campus or in the surrounding neighborhoods, be aware of your surroundings. If you’re alone, only use headphones in one ear to stay aware of your surroundings.
- Make others earn your trust. A college environment can foster a false sense of security. You may feel like fast friends, but give people time to earn your trust before relying on them or meeting with them in private.
- Think about Plan B. Spend some time thinking about back-up plans for potentially sticky situations. If your phone dies, do you have a few numbers memorized to get help? Do you have emergency cash in case you can’t use a credit card? If you drive, is there a spare key hidden, gas in your car, and a set of jumper cables?
It is possible to relax and have a good time while still making safety a priority! Whether it's a party, a family home evening activity, or meeting friends for drinks, consider these tips for staying safe and looking out for your friends in social settings.
- Make a plan.If you’re going out, go with people you trust. Agree to watch out for each other and plan to leave together. If your plans change, make sure to touch base with the other people in your group. Don’t leave someone stranded in an unfamiliar or unsafe situation.
- Protect your drink.Don’t leave your drink unattended, and watch out for your friends’ drinks if you can. If you go to the bathroom or step outside, take the drink with you or toss it out. Drink from unopened containers or drinks you watched being made and poured. It’s not always possible to know if something has been added to someone’s drink. In drug-facilitated sexual assault, a perpetrator could use a substance that has no color, taste, or odor.
- It’s okay to make something up.If you want to exit a situation immediately and are concerned about frightening or upsetting someone, it’s okay to lie. You are never obligated to remain in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, pressured, or threatened. You can also make something up to help a friend leave a situation that you think may be dangerous. Some excuses you could use are needing to take care of another friend or family member, an urgent phone call, not feeling well, and having to be somewhere else by a certain time.
- Be a good friend.Trust your instincts. If you notice something that does’t feel right, it probably is’t. Learn more about how to keep your friends safe in social settings.
What you choose to share on social media is always your decision, but what others choose to do with your information is not always be in your control. Take charge of your personal safety with the following social media safety tips.
- Personalize your privacy settings.Adjust your privacy settings on the site to your comfort level, and select options that limit who can view your information.
- Pause before you post.Before you post, ask yourself if you are comfortable sharing this information with everyone who might see it. Once it’s posted on line, it’s there forever. Even content that is deleted can sometimes be accessed by the website or through screen shots of the original post. Content that contains personal information or your whereabouts could pose a safety risk. Other posts may risk portraying you in a negative way, like pictures of partying or insults directed at a specific person or group.
- Turn off geolocation.Many social media sites or apps will request to access your location, but in most cases this in’t necessary. You can still get the most out of your on line or app experience without sharing where you are. In addition to accessing your location, some sites make this information public.
- Use a private Internet connection.Avoid public Wi-Fi connections, like those offered at coffee shops or airports, when using a website that asks for a password. Limit your social media usage to personal or private Wi-Fi networks.
- Talk to your friends about public posts.Let your friends know where you stand on sharing content that may have personally identifying information, like your location or a photo of you. Respect each other’s wishes about deleting posts that may be embarrassing or uncomfortable. Before you post something about another person, whether it mentions them indirectly, by name, or in a picture, ask their permission.
- Report it.If someone is making you feel uncomfortable on line you can report the interaction to the host site. You can use the “report” button near the chat window, flag a post as inappropriate, or submit a screen shot of the interaction directly to the host site.