For colleges and universities to effectively address and prevent sexual violence, collaboration with community resources, including local rape crisis centers, is essential. This web conference addressed specific examples and research related to collaboration to strengthen sexual violence prevention on college campuses. Drawing on the recent report UC Speaks Up: An Assessment of the Climate for Sexual Violence Prevention, Education, and Response on Three University of California Campuses this web conference provides a foundation to understand the current needs and highlight how strong partnerships between community agencies and campus advocates can contribute to preventing sexual violence. In a panel discussion with college campuses and community Rape Crisis Centers, sexual violence preventionists and advocates provide unique examples of the strategies they implement to support the advancement of sexual violence prevention in their collective communities. Watch Webinar
The Toolkit for Preventing Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking in the Community College Context is designed to increase the capacity of community colleges to prevent interpersonal violence among students. It is organized in nine steps: Reflect on Past Efforts Identifying Your Community Identify and Engage Stakeholders Identify Needs and Assets Select Programs Tailor Programs Plan Your Evaluation Implement Programs Evaluate Progress and Share Results The tools included were created based on findings from an accompanying literature review, which includes results from key informant interviews, surveys, and focus groups; peer-reviewed literature; and best practices for preventing interpersonal violence within the community college context. Download Toolkit Download Literature Review
The Toolkit for Preventing Retaliation After Sexual Assault within the College Context is designed to increase the capacity of colleges to prevent students from experiencing retaliation related to sexual assault reports.
Campus climate surveys can be used to track sexual misconduct prevalence rates or to evaluate the success of campus- wide victim services and prevention programs. Climate surveys can also be used to identify programming and service needs on campus. For this reason, many institutions want to use a climate survey as a needs assessment in Year 1 of their Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus Program projects. However, to allow for thoughtful planning and to ensure the success of the survey, implementation in Year 2 is likely to be more productive. With a Year 2 spring survey administration in mind, this factsheet provides step-by-step guidance (with links to additional resources) and a recommended timeline for planning and implementing a climate survey within the OVW Campus Program structure Download Document
This document contains key resources for schools of higher education interested in using the Qualtrics-programmed version of the Campus Climate Survey Validation Study (CCSVS) survey instrument to conduct a student survey. These resources and the programmed Qualtrics survey file are available free of charge to any institution of higher education that has a Qualtrics license and is interested in conducting a student survey to document the school’s prevalence of sexual assault, other forms of misconduct, and the campus climate related to sexual misconduct. Download Document
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a series of technical assistance materials on the Department’s Title IX Regulations to help schools meet their non-discrimination requirements under federal law and help parents, students, and stakeholders understand their rights and protections. The materials were released through OCR’s Outreach, Prevention, Education, and Non-Discrimination (OPEN) Center as part of a dedicated commitment to providing high-quality technical assistance. OCR Title IX Video: Regional Centers and School Consortia OCR’s first webinar will help educators, administrators, and stakeholders better understand how schools can work together to meet certain responsibilities under OCR’s Title IX’s regulations. The video provides information on how schools can coordinate communication on their Title IX Coordinators and non-discrimination policies, and how schools can utilize regional centers or consortia to investigate and adjudicate a sexual harassment complaint. OCR Title IX Video: Bias and Conflicts of Interest OCR’s second new video instructs recipients on how to adopt and publish policies to ensure that sexual harassment allegations are fairly adjudicated, how they must train their Title IX personnel to avoid bias and conflicts of interest, and how they can effectively administer a grievance process in a way that avoids bias and conflicts of […]