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Prevention and Awareness

Note: This language is part of Point Park University's Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking.

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Point Park University believes that educating its community about sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking is the most effective way to create a learning environment free of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking. To that end, the University employs a variety of active (e.g., interactive programs) and passive (e.g., poster campaigns) strategies to inform the community about how to prevent sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking and what to do in the event they occur.

Each year the University will consider the current campus atmosphere and indicators to design and implement a campaign or activities which address campus specific issues related to sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.  The University may utilize outside resources for community-wide campaigns and/or secure programmatic services from local rape and trauma victim centers. Programs may focus on, but are not exclusive to, specific topics such as bystander training, the relationship between alcohol and sexual misconduct, definitions of consent, or relationship violence. Educational activities will also include information on how to report sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking, the University investigation process, and support resources available on- or off-campus to those affected by sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.

Program implementation occurs throughout the academic year in a variety of forms for all members of the community, which includes undergraduate, graduate, and on-line students, staff, and faculty. Campus members will have multiple opportunities to participate in prevention and awareness activities through social events, online trainings, small-group discussions, and annual awareness events. Employees also have opportunities to participate in “Lunch and Learn” sessions where they may gain knowledge about how to respond to an individual who has experienced sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking, how to report sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking, and their rights under federal and state law to work in an environment free of sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking.

Finally, the University makes every effort to make its Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking easily accessible and available to all campus members. The policy is regularly distributed to students in the fall, and new hires for staff or faculty. It is included in the annual student planner and the Administrative and Staff Handbook and Policies Manual. It is also available on the Point Park University website at www.pointpark.edu/sexual-misconduct-policy.