Educational Programs

Members of the Student Affairs staff, including the Office of Public Safety, in cooperation with the Office of Health Promotion, coordinate student drug and alcohol prevention programs, sexual misconduct awareness/prevention and reporting/resources programs, and general crime prevention programs beginning with first-year orientation and continuing throughout each academic year. There are on-going programs that include lectures, workshops, videos and student surveys.

All new undergraduate and law students, Resident Assistants, peer health educators and counselors, and members of SPEAK (a campus group dedicated to prevention of sexual assault through education) are required to complete the Haven online program on sexual assault and relationship violence, which is also offered to all upperclass students. All new students are also required to participate in Bystander Intervention Training. There are also sessions for all new undergraduate and law students on W&L's policies, procedures and resources for sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking.

There are numerous other educational programs and training efforts to prevent sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking for incoming and continuing students. These prevention programs focus on various content areas including: definitions of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, sexual exploitation, and 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. Some of these offered during the 2016-2017 academic year included Voices of W&L orientation program with facilitated discussion, Bystander training, a communication and consent workshop, Rock Against Rape, Educational/Awareness items distributed to students (pens with important phone numbers and safety tips), Take Back the Night Event, articles in Student Health 101 (online resource), posters across campus on healthy dating ideas, activities sponsored by Sexual Health Awareness Group, and information in Stall Street Journals posted in all campus bathrooms.

There are a variety of educational programs and training efforts for new and existing employees to prevent sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking, and to communicate the University's expectations and resources for reporting of such offenses. All new employees are oriented in person on University sexual misconduct policies, procedures, and resources; as well, all new employees are required to complete an online United Educators program on workplace harassment. There are also sessions for all responsible employees (those required to report sexual misconduct), and all University faculty, staff, and students who handle complaints of sexual misconduct. Many of the student educational programs described above are also open to employees.

There are numerous educational resources online on the University website designed to promote positive and healthy behaviors and relationships and to educate the campus community on reporting and resources for sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking (some of these can be found on the Sexual Misconduct Resources site).