Prevention and Education
W&L is committed to taking proactive measures to address, curtail, and prohibit sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, including extensive outreach, prevention, and educational efforts. These outreach, prevention, and educational efforts have been implemented, modified, and improved to ensure that all members of the University community receive training on what constitutes sexual and gender-based harassment or violence, the University's policies and procedures relating to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, and the consequences of violating the University's policies and procedures. These programs also include information aimed at encouraging members of the University community to report incidents of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence to the appropriate University and law enforcement authorities, including how and to whom reports may be made and the available support resources for complainants and respondents. The University offers more specific training for responsible employees, internal investigators, and adjudicators relating to its policies and procedures and how to report and respond to allegations of sexual or gender-based harassment and violence.
W&L has numerous offices, departments, and organizations that collaborate to spearhead its ongoing education efforts relating to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence. Prevention programs focus on various content areas including: definitions regarding effective consent; addressing the root causes of sexual assault; promoting healthy relationships and sexual encounters; safe and positive options for bystander intervention; the effects of trauma; relationship between alcohol and sexual assault; and risk awareness and risk reduction. Incoming first-year students and new employees receive primary prevention and awareness programming as part of their orientations.
Bringing in the Bystander®
Bystander intervention programs teach potential witnesses safe and positive ways that they can act to prevent or intervene when there is a risk for relationship violence. A bystander approach gives community members specific roles that they can use in preventing sexual violence, including naming and stopping situations before they happen, stepping in during an incident, and speaking out against ideas and behaviors that support sexual violence.
The Bringing in the Bystander® program emphasizes a bystander intervention approach and assumes that everyone has a role to play in ending relationship violence. Its main message is that "Everyone in the community has a role to play in ending relationship violence."
The Bringing in the Bystander® program and Know Your Power® social marketing campaign were developed by the University of New Hampshire Prevention Innovations program. Bringing in the Bystander® and Know Your Power® are federally registered trademarks of the University of New Hampshire. The programs and trademarks are used here with permission from the University of New Hampshire.
Student organizations focused on education related to sexual misconduct include:
- Lifestyle Information for Everyone (LIFE)
Various apps for cell phones are designed to prevent violence.
- Circle of 6: free app that allows you to automatically send your circle of six trusted friends a pre-programmed SMS alert message with your exact location.
- Rave Guardian: free app for iphone that allows selected guardians to view your status and location.