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.
Our bystander intervention program empowers members of the W&L community to reduce the harms caused by sexual assault and other forms of misconduct. Specifically, our model teaches skills for intervention before, during, and after instances of pressure or aggression at any level. Our program is based on the idea that communities where people intervene have significantly less violence and significantly more positive climates. Our ultimate goal is to work together to create a culture where people are safer, happier, and better supported.
Student organizations focused on education related to sexual misconduct include:
- Lifestyle Information for Everyone (LIFE)
- Advocates for an Alternative Atmosphere (AAA)
Various apps for cell phones are designed to prevent violence.
- LiveSafe: free W&L specific mobile-safety technology that allows students, faculty, staff and visitors to (1) report suspicious activity, harassment, a disturbance, or other issue with picture, video, or audio attachments. Reports can be submitted anonymously if the user chooses; (2) use a "virtual escort" service; and (3) summon emergency help.
- 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.