Together, we value the human dignity of each and every person in our community.
Notre Dame does not tolerate sexual and discriminatory harassment of any student, faculty or staff member of the University community. If one person is sexually assaulted on Notre Dame’s campus, it is one too many. Together, we strive to create an inclusive and safe environment where all students can flourish.
The Division of Student Affairs continually works to educate the campus community regarding the issue of sexual assault through preventive programming and providing resources to students to care for themselves, and one another. We strive to ensure that every member of the Notre Dame community is:
- Able to define and identify sexual assault;
- Aware of the resources available on campus; and,
- Empowered to speak up and help others.
Two of our key student service initiatives to address sexual assault include:
I. Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP)
CSAP is a cross campus committee comprised of faculty, staff and students. The goals of CSAP are to offer advice and guidance to the Office of Student Affairs on how to assist and support victims of sexual assault, to spearhead assessment efforts to understand the needs of our students, to recommend a variety of prevention initiatives, and to facilitate collaboration among departments and student groups to address sexual violence.
II. Gender Relations Center (GRC)
Led by administrators and students, the GRC offers student programs that foster dialogue on issues of sexuality, gender, inclusivity, respect, and healthy relationships on campus. The GRC offers many programs about violence prevention particularly bystander intervention training as well as trains student leaders to do campus wide programs and residence hall workshops.
An Ongoing Commitment to Education and Prevention
Our faculty and staff have collaborated to create a comprehensive program to raise awareness and provide support to our students throughout their enrollment at the University.
The First Year at Notre Dame
During Orientation Weekend, incoming undergraduate students participate in the first phase of Building Community the Notre Dame Way, an educational program featuring videos that introduce the values of the campus community, discuss respecting the dignity of persons and explore conversations of power. In addition, students discuss with staff and peer educators the different types of sexual and gender violence, prevention and intervention strategies as well as resources for support.
As a follow up to Orientation, incoming students attend two in-hall workshops that discuss situations and vignettes to better understand the sexual assault resources on campus, state laws, and campus community standards. Additionally, students enroll in a Contemporary Topics Class, where they learn about the skills needed to maintain healthy relationships, how to handle conflict and violence while dating, and bystander intervention, among other topics.
Beyond the First Year
We continue to provide numerous educational and awareness-raising opportunities (hyperlink to “Get Involved” with a full listing of events, programs, etc.) over a broad range of topics for students beyond their first year on campus.
Graduate and Professional Students
During orientation, incoming graduate and professional students receive training on policies, procedures and resources related to sexual assault not only from the student viewpoint but also a potential supervisor or instructor.
We are not alone in our educational efforts-students are leading efforts, too
Designed and implemented by Student Government, the “One is Too Many” student engagement and conversation campaign addressed sexual violence on campus with students going door to door to educate their peers. Student Government recently launched “It’s On Us”, a campaign aimed at sexual assault culture change, adapted from the nationally-recognized campaign of the same name.
Creating a Campus-Wide Community of Caring
Notre Dame provides sexual and discrimination harassment training for faculty and staff, and individualized department training for stakeholders across campus, including coaches, sport administrators, deans, food service workers and other employees. All new faculty and staff receive this training as a part of their orientation process.
Ongoing Assessment and Evaluation of Campus Climate and Prevention Efforts
In order to understand the needs of our students and to assess the effectiveness of our efforts, students are asked to take a confidential survey. The first survey was administered during the academic year of 2012-2013. During 2013-2014, more information was gathered from focus groups comprised of different students groups who offered their perspectives and experiences related to policies, procedures and resources. The latest survey was administered in January of 2015.
University Intervention and Response
Du Lac: A Guide to Student Life, Notre Dame’s student handbook defines sexual assault and the policies and procedures associated with the University’s response to reports of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct (including sexual assault), dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.