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ASSAULT PREVENTION PROGRESS 3. Have we provided adequate training opportunities for faculty, staff, RAs and others? "It's hard to find a person on campus who interacts with students who might not be the recipient of a disclosure," says Jill Dunlap, director of equity, inclusion and violence prevention for NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Take, for instance, the financial aid office-it might not seem like a logical place for a student to report a sexual assault. But, Dunlap says, one student who recently asked for a tuition refund revealed that she wanted to withdraw from a class she shared with someone who had sexually assaulted her. Although institutions are required by law to train everyone on campus who is a mandated reporter (essentially all responsible employees), not enough is being done to ensure each person truly understands their obligations, says O'Keeffe. "It's important to teach people how to help students who are disclosing. That means knowing the confidential resources on campus, and knowing what to say and what not to say." People tasked this responsibility may also need counseling, Dunlap says. "In our struggle to do right by students, we sometimes forget the emotional toll on the people who take care of these students." 4. Are we taking advantage of local resources to help fill in the gaps? Many smaller institutions don't have dedicated sexual assault prevention offices, but there's almost always local community resources they can turn to. "We do everything in collaboration with our partners from the community," says Raye at Lasell, which has just over 1,700 students. For example, O'Keeffe and staff members from the campus counseling and health services offices recently visited the local hospital, where the sexual assault nurse examiner spent three hours taking them through the exact process a student would experience during a sexual assault examination. "To not connect with community partners would be a real loss," she says. Other places to turn might be a local 36 | September 2016 Body check: Initiatives at Connecticut College include an annual Green Dot hockey game, now in its fifth year. Facts and materials about sexual assault and bystander intervention get posted around the rink, and the team wears special jerseys. It has been the team's most attended game of the season. rape crisis center, domestic violence shelter or trained victim advocates. 5. Have we tried supplementing our assault prevention efforts with technology tools? Yes, there's an app for assault prevention. In fact, there are many campus safety mobile apps, designed with features that include the ability to text tips to campus police, request a safe ride or locate a safe walking path, and gain instant access to school Title IX policies and a list of campus resources. Putting such resources at students' fingertips is an important component in the future of prevention, says Jay Gruber, chief of police and assistant vice president for public safety at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. "This generation is very focused on smartphone-based communication, and I don't think some students are comfortable with calling 911. They want to remain anonymous to some degree," he says. As such, his campus is one of about 200 schools to integrate the LiveSafe app, which founder Shy Pahlevani says has a 50 to 80 percent student adoption rate within one year of being introduced. Two weeks after it was implemented at Georgetown, a female student used the real-time tip texting feature to discreetly report an indecent exposure. Police quickly responded and made an arrest. For anyone considering such technology (CampusSafe is a similar app being used by the Rochester Institute of Technology, among others), Gruber suggests finding one that's a good fit for your campus. He was drawn to LiveSafe because it was developed using student focus groups and in collaboration with campus safety officials, plus it's customizable. "An app like this can benefit your university in many ways, and the cost is about the same as installing one blue light phone," says Gruber. The takeaway: Empower students and staff by making safety information and policies mobile-accessible, and providing an option to report anonymously. Despite the strides that campuses have made, Richmond says some campuses focus solely on what they need to do to be in compliance. Yet, she sees some institutions genuinely interested in keeping their students safe and supporting them should they become victims of crime. Going above and beyond the requirements is the only way that real cultural change can happen. Says Issadore of ATIXA: "Thankfully, many schools are rising to that challenge." Dawn Papandrea, based in Staten Island, New York, is a frequent contributor to UB. MORE ONLINE @ UBmag.me/assault Sexual assault prevention resources list www.universitybusiness.com http://www.UBmag.me/assault http://www.universitybusiness.com

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