Education and Outreach Opportunities

Understanding what sexual and relationship violence is and its impact on both individuals and the community is the first step toward ending the violence.  Learning about definitions, practicing ways to intervene in situations, and participating in programs and events on campus are all ways to shatter the silence and end sexual violence.  For more information visit Educate Yourself.

President’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Steering Committee

In Fall 2013, the then president, Mary E. Lyons, convened a campus-wide Steering Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, involving faculty, student and administrative representatives to review and propose enhancements to USD’s existing policies, procedures, educational programs, and services addressing the issue of sexual assault.  In 2015, Lyons expanded the Committees' charge and focus in to an implementation team.  

It’s On US Campaign

On September 19, 2014, the White House launched an initiative in conjunction with the Not Alone campaign to put an end to sexual assault on college campuses. It’s On Us is an interactive website which provides tools for how to identify, handle, and prevent campus sexual assault. This educational campaign’s goal is to change the way we think about sexual assault to understand that it is everyone’s responsibility to help end sexual violence.  

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Guidance on Title IX

The U.S. Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) believe that providing all students with an educational environment free from discrimination is extremely important.  The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in case of sexual violence, is a crime.  For more information visit, OCR.