As faculty and staff, we’re in a unique position to shape the climate of the university. We typically stay in the area and at the university longer, and many of us are in frequent contact with students.
When it comes to violence prevention, there are many ways faculty and staff help set the tone for students. You can play a critical role in efforts to reduce sex- and gender-based violence on campus.
Stalking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault are complex, difficult problems to address and it’s easy to become discouraged.
We firmly believe that while no one can do everything to stop violence, everyone can do something. To get started, check out our toolkit below for ideas and resources you can use in the year ahead.
- Use your syllabus. Link to Cougar Health Services and the Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO) in your syllabus. OEO provides sample syllabus language about campus policy prohibiting discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
- Need to cancel class? Call us! If you’re ill or planning to be out, request a workshop on violence prevention from our health promotion team.
- Have a discussion. Talk with your class, student workers, and colleagues about interpersonal violence.
- Encourage Green Dot participation. Consider providing extra credit to students who attend Green Dot training.
For all employees
- Know the resources. If you have concerns about a student’s emotional or psychological well-being, review our guides to helping students in distress. Direct students to OEO’s list of resources or share your concerns with the AWARE Network.
- Check in with students. Trust your gut and check in with a student if they look like they need to talk.
- Get trained! Come to a Green Dot bystander training or invite us to one of your staff meetings.
- Set an example. Model compassion for survivors of interpersonal violence.
- Learn more. Check out our educational content on violence prevention.
By taking action in our everyday lives, we can all do something to help stop violence on our campus.