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
Sexual violence on college and university campuses is a complex issue requiring collaboration and integrated approaches to support survivors. Approaches that engage the entire community in addressing sexual assault on campus are essential. Partnerships between various campus programs and departments and community-based resources help ensure access for members of the college community, including those who have experienced sexual violence, to much needed resources, strengthen the accountability of institutions to the community, increase knowledge about the impact of sexual assault on campus, and link community-based advocacy resources with campuses. This web conference is for campus administrators and advocates interested in expanding their partnerships to support survivors and address sexual violence both on and off campus. Watch Webinar
The Culture of Respect Collective is a two-year program designed specifically to address the enormity and complexity of ending campus sexual violence. Grounded in a comprehensive, evidence-informed framework, the program guides institutions of higher education through a rigorous process of self-assessment and targeted organizational change. This report examines the experience and outcomes of Collective Cohorts 1 and 2, particularly the meaningful programmatic and policy changes they made that further the goal of ending campus sexual violence. It considers the factors that facilitated and impeded institutions’ success in implementing the program, as well as how the growing number of Collective institutions can impact higher education’s understanding of the problem, and how best to address it. Download Report
The National Campus Sexual Assault Attitudes and Behaviors Research Project collected information on the types of prevention programming schools are conducting, as well as their effectiveness, reach, and possible gaps by using an exploratory qualitative method to better understand the experiences, attitudes, and behaviors of young college men. A benefit of qualitative research is its ability to explain behavior that cannot be easily quantified by allowing participants to detail their experiences and feelings.Continue Reading
There is an urgent need in higher education to research prevention education programming that educates and empowers young men to be a part of the solution to sexual violence on college campuses. It’s On Us partnered with HauckEye to conduct a first-of-its-kind qualitative study exploring the attitudes and perceptions of male-identiyfing students and their likelihood to get involved in the prevention of gender-based violence on campus.
The Research Project collected information on the types of prevention programming schools are conducting, as well as their effectiveness, reach, and possible gaps by using an exploratory qualitative method in order to better understand the experiences, attitudes, and behaviors of young college men. This research method was chosen for its ability to explain behavior that cannot be easily quantified by allowing participants to detail their experiences and feelings.Continue Reading
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 Interpersonal Violence among Students Studying Abroad is designed to increase the capacity of colleges to prevent interpersonal violence among students who participate in study abroad programs.Continue Reading
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.
Schools interested in conducting student climate surveys on sexual misconduct have a lot of decisions to make. For a web-based survey, you will need to determine what survey platform to use to administer it. Web-based surveys are commonly used because they can quickly reach large numbers of students via email or text message, and the survey platforms typically have built-in data management and analysis systems. Advancements in mobile data collection have resulted in many survey platforms offering a mobile-compatibility option, which means students can easily take the survey on their computer, tablet, or mobile phone, without any additional programming needed. There are many commercially available survey platforms for administering campus climate surveys. This factsheet is intended to help inform decisions about which one to use Download Document
Message from Office for Civil Rights (OCR) – Department of Education: We wanted to share two newly released Title IX resources with you, which we hope you can pass along to anybody you think will be interested. First, OCR issued the following resource: Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment (July 2021) and a related Appendix. The Q&A clarifies how OCR interprets schools’ existing obligations under the 2020 amendments to the Department’s Title IX regulations, including the areas in which schools have discretion in their procedures for responding to reports of sexual harassment. The Appendix provides examples of Title IX procedures from a variety of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools that may be adapted and helpful to schools in implementing the 2020 amendments. OCR also just posted the transcript from the Department’s recent virtual public hearing on Title IX, held from June 7 to June 11, 2021. The hearing provided OCR with the extraordinary opportunity to hear the views of more than 280 students, educators, and other members of the public on a variety of issues related to Title IX—along with many written comments from people throughout the country. We are grateful for the participation of […]