Now is the Time for Universities to Implement Proactive Solutions to Sexually Violent Crimes on Campus

A recent string of allegations on college campuses has again called into question the safety of members of campus communities across the country. While the recent incidents have highlighted the involvement of athletes and fraternity members, the stark reality is that these incidents have become high profile due to the level of accountability that is inherent for members of recognized organizations. For the general campus community there are far greater dangers than fraternity parties or chance encounters with athletes (not to say that any sort of misconduct is justifiable in any way).

Universities Slowly Beginning to Take Proactive Steps to End Sexual Violence

A recent Yahoo! article highlights the steps taken by several institutions to reduce incidents of sexually violent crimes on their campuses. For example, the University of Virginia is now considering new courses on sexual violence, and is taking recommendations from members of its campus community. At Brown University, the administration has evaluated its handling of complaints in “traumatic situations.”

While the aforementioned steps appear to be in the right direction, in reality they fall short of the requirements of the Campus SaVE Act and other legislation that recently went into effect. These laws require institutions of higher learning not only to report incidents of sexual and domestic violence, but also to provide education to students, faculty, and other members of the campus community on prevention of these types of crimes. At present it is difficult to tell how many colleges and universities are complying with this requirement.

According to the Yahoo! article, at Dartmouth, a four-year, mandatory sexual violence program has gone into effect. This program teaches members of the community about the dangers of campus crimes by housing a professor in “residence” at each of the dormitories in order to interact with students and advise them on prevention strategies and other useful tools. Such an expansive program is certainly the right line of thought, yet its reach may be limited to those members of the community who actually live on campus. This is where online training comes into play.

Online Training is the Cost-Effective and Time-Sensitive Solution for Reaching the Greatest Number of Students and Employees

Every student and faculty member on a college campus is equipped with a computer and access to the internet, either personally or in public. By implementing our prevention of campus violence courses (fully customizable to suit your institutional needs) you will be able to distribute the content to the members of your campus and begin widespread training and prevention programs immediately.

Syntrio’s one-hour course focuses on not only the information required by law, but provides real-life scenarios that are relatable to the college student or university employee. The goal of the course is to put students and faculty in a position to avoid incidents before they occur and foster a sense of community and bystander intervention into your campus. By educating those most likely to fall victim to sexually violent crimes, training unites the campus community to rally around prevention.  Contact www.syntrio.com for more information about our workplace violence prevention courses and remember to follow us on TwitterGoogle Plus and LinkedIn for daily updates on employment law and compliance issues that may impact your institution!

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