Preventing Sexual Misconduct on Campus
In fall 2017, Utah State University implemented a comprehensive sexual violence prevention strategy, which was recommended by the university's sexual violence Prevention, Education, and Training Working Group. With this strategy, we seek to prevent all forms of sexual misconduct as well as help victims feel more comfortable coming forward to report their experiences. The strategy is reviewed on an annual basis by the university’s Sexual Violence Implementation and Coordination Committee, and progress is regularly assessed by the Title IX Prevention Specialist and Title IX Coordinator.
Mandatory Completion of Sexual Assault Prevention Online Course for Students
All first-year and transfer undergraduate and graduate students are required to complete a sexual assault prevention online training in the first few months of their first semester. This training addresses sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment along with information about bystander intervention strategies and support and reporting resources. First-year undergraduates are also encouraged to complete an online program that aims to reduce underage drinking and at-risk drinking behavior.
Since fall 2017, 22,396 students have completed online prevention.
Students who do not complete the sexual assault prevention online course by the start of the registration period have a hold placed on their accounts, preventing them from registering for future semesters. USU had previously offered the course to new students on an optional basis, but adding a "hard mandate" drove completion by new students up to near 100 percent.
In 2019-2020, USU will be pilot testing two additional online sexual assault prevention courses specific to international students and non-traditional undergraduate students. USU hopes that the unique education needs of these populations will be effectively addressed through the tailored courses.
Learn more about the student online sexual assault prevention courses.
Employee Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
All new employees are required to participate in sexual harassment prevention training, either online or in-person. The training covers USU’s Sexual Harassment Policy, responsible employee obligations, campus and community support and reporting resources, and bystander intervention basics. Completion of the training will be assessed during the annual employee performance review.
Starting in 2020-2021, all existing employees will be required to participate in sexual harassment prevention refresher training, either online or in-person, on an annual basis. The previous training requirement was once every three years. The refresher trainings will focus on a different aspect of USU’s Sexual Harassment Policy each year, as well as on ways that employees can be active in preventing and addressing sexual harassment behaviors in their work environments. Completion of the training will be assessed during the annual employee performance review.
Learn more about the employee sexual harassment prevention trainings.
Upstanding Bystander Intervention Training
In fall 2017, USU implemented a bystander intervention training program at the Logan campus that is designed to empower students to step in and help other members of the campus community. The Upstanding: Stepping Up to Prevent Violence in Utah program targets student leaders, student-athletes, those living in on-campus housing, Residence Life staff, and members of fraternities and sororities. The Upstanding program was created by the Utah Department of Health’s Violence and Injury Prevention Program.
Since fall 2017, 10,439 individuals, mostly students, have completed Upstanding.
An Upstanding social norms campaign was released in spring 2019 using data from USU’s 2017 sexual misconduct survey and the student online sexual assault prevention course surveys. It was distributed on USU social media accounts, bus posters, digital signs, and dining area napkin holders. The campaign was intended to address student misperceptions about their peers’ bystander intervention behaviors, particularly related to incidents of sexual and intimate partner violence, and encourage them to act when they find themselves in similar situations.
USU’s campaign focused on behaviors that are often viewed as normal or acceptable, like intolerant language use or tracking behaviors within intimate relationships, as a way to help students think critically about all situations where they should address problematic behavior.
Learn more about the Upstanding program.
Education About Sexual Consent and Healthy Relationships
USU educates the campus community about sexual consent and healthy relationships through trainings, digital marketing, and poster campaigns. All 2,000-plus first-year students taking the freshman orientation class, Connections, receive education about consent along with an introduction to the Upstanding bystander intervention program.
Consent and healthy relationships workshops are offered by the Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information office and by the Title IX Prevention Specialist. Workshops are available upon request for student clubs or groups, classes, or for staff and faculty who want to better understand USU policy.
Since fall 2017, 3,165 individuals have received this in-person education.
In spring 2019, a safe online-dating campaign was created by SAAVI to help students know how to safely interact with people through online dating and social media apps. The campaign featured a series of example conversations and safety tips, such as the importance of consent, trusting your instincts, and being an Upstander.
In fall 2019, a new consent video campaign, I Ask, was released on USU social media accounts and incorporated into student trainings and athletic events. This campaign includes a series of videos featuring students talking about consent, respect, and healthy relationships, and encourages everyone to take part in creating a welcoming campus community and preventing sexual misconduct in all its forms.
Learn more about workshops about sexual consent.