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Educational Programs

The university, through the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Residential life and Housing, and the NSU Public Safety Department, provides culturally relevant educational and informational programs and materials regarding the awareness, prohibition, and prevention of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault (including rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses), and stalking. The Awareness, Education, and Prevention Committee, which is comprised of members from the Division of Student Affairs, Athletics, NSU Public Safety Department, and the Henderson Student Counseling Center, continues to develop additional prevention and awareness programs for sexual violence.

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Education and awareness programs are presented during orientation to all students new to the university and throughout the year on an ongoing basis to numerous employee and student groups (e.g., Academic departments, Greek organizations, student athletes, and residence hall floors) in partnership with Women in Distress of Broward County, the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County.  For example, Women in Distress sponsors “Creating a Safer Environment” and “Silent Witness Memorial,” programs that discuss sexual violence in domestic relationships and honors those victims who have been impacted by the same.  The university also actively participates in a variety of student-driven awareness programs that take place each year, each designed to increase audience knowledge and share information and resources to prevent violence, promote safety, and reduce perpetration.  Programs may change annually, but traditionally include the ClothesLine Project and the Take Back the Night program.  In addition, the university maintains a website featuring resources and educational materials on the prevention of and raising awareness for dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. To obtain information on such programs, contact the Title IX Coordinator. 

In support of the awareness and educational programs, the Division of Student Affairs conducts training sessions for staff, including students, in student affairs, residential life, orientation, and athletics focused on sexual misconduct (which includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking).  The Henderson Student Counseling Center also provides ongoing and sustained prevention and awareness education to students in the form of brochures with information on sexual assault, promoting healthy communication between partners, and dating risk reduction strategies.

In addition, safety and security information programs and general information are provided by the offices within the Division of Student Affairs (DOSA), including the Office of Residential Life and Housing and the College of Undergraduate Studies (COUS) in the form of personal contact, student orientation, and informational booklets. Additional educational sessions are conducted by staff within DOSA, as well as by Public Safety personnel. Each year, several offices within DOSA and COUS work with students to develop these programs. All programs focus on domestic and sexual violence prevention, awareness, and education, which consider environmental risk and protective factors as they occur on the individual, relationship, institutional, community, and societal levels.

All faculty and staff are required to complete sexual harassment training modules within 90 days of their date of hire. The Public Safety Department presents valuable crime prevention and campus safety information and instruction at all new employee orientations (approximately every two weeks) and at all new student orientations (in January and August). In addition, the university provides information regarding sexual misconduct (which includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking) to current employees and students approximately every two weeks in a program called SEA Thursday. The university (is) continues to develop additional programs to address the prevention of instances of sexual misconduct (which includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking) for ongoing students and employees. The university is currently developing additional programs to address the prevention of instances of sexual misconduct (which includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking) for ongoing students and employees.

Following a report of an incident to the Title IX Coordinator, the university will provide written notification to students and employees about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa immigration assistance, student financial aid, and other services that may be available for victims, both within the university and in the community.

The university expects all members of the campus community to take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop acts of sexual misconduct ( which includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking). Educating and engaging bystanders are effective ways to help prevent these types of acts. Bystanders can help in several different ways, including direct intervention, seeking assistance from authority figures, notifying campus security, or calling State or local law enforcement. Moreover, section 794.027, Florida Statutes, imposes a duty, under certain circumstances, upon persons who observe the commission of the crime of sexual battery to seek assistance for the victim.

It is important to understand that no individual has the right to be violent, regardless of whether people are in a relationship. Recognizing when acts of sexual misconduct ( which includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking) are occurring is the first step to intervention. Campus education and training programs are available to help you recognize that dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking is taking place. Women in Distress’s “Creating a Safer Environment” is one such program that educates the community on bystander accountability and empowering others to hold abusers and perpetrators accountable for their actions. If you make the decision to intervene, do so cautiously and safely.

Do not use violence to stop violence. If you cannot stop the act with your words, call law enforcement. Do not be afraid to ask campus officials or other authority figures for help.

Here are some additional resources on Bystander Intervention: 

The programs above, including those that are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, Women in Distress, and the Henderson Student Counseling Center, present options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction, and to increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety and to help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence. It is the hope of the university that these programs will educate the community so as to reduce the prevalence of sexual misconduct (which includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking) and to provide help to those who fall victim to such offenses.

Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim/survivor. However, there are some things that we can all do to promote a safer campus for everyone. Learn more about risk reduction:

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