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 are required to complete an online Sexual Assault Prevention program, which addresses sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence. This online program includes a statement that the University prohibits dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault; a description of safe and positive options for bystander intervention, and information on risk reduction. All new students are also required to participate in Bystander Intervention Training, which builds students' skills in recognizing situations of potential harm and safe and positive options for intervention. 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. All incoming undergraduate students also complete an online Alcohol Edu program, as well as a Voices of W&L theatrical presentation and discussion. Voices of W&L is performed and edited by upper-class students and addresses typical high-risk behaviors that first-year students may encounter, including situations involving drugs and alcohol, as well as sexual assault and harassment. Following the virtual performance, students participate in a one hour follow up discussion, which provides an opportunity to clarify and reemphasize the role that each student plays in creating a safe environment at the University.

There are numerous other ongoing educational programs and training efforts to prevent sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking for incoming and continuing students. These 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 spring and fall of 2020 (2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years) included athletic team "looking out for your teammates" bystander booster; articles in Student Health 101 (online resource); new member education training for all new Greek members; and training for student leaders (residence life staff, peer counselors, and Kirgis Fellows).

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 (virtually) on University sexual misconduct policies, procedures, and resources. Additinally, 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.

There are 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).