Prevention Initiatives

Prevention Programs For Students

We believe sexual assault prevention and education must first focus on those who are committing assaults and stop them before the assault occurs. In addition, we believe students can play an important role in educating their peers about prevention. As such, our integrative approach to student prevention programming emphasizes accountability, intervention, and education, and is designed to help each student take responsibility for preventing sexual violence on campus.

Get Explicit 101

As part of our Get Explicit program (new fall 2015), Get Explicit 101 is a peer-facilitated training specifically designed for new students living in our residence halls. Get Explicit 101 includes interactive discussions about healthy relationships, boundaries, consent, social norms, and bystander intervention. The Division of Student Life will also be offering additional Get Explicit modules for continuing students will debut fall 2016.

It Can’t Be Rape

For more than 10 years, the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT) has performed “It Can’t Be Rape” for all new students during IntroDUCKtion. This interactive performance by specially trained SWAT members teaches new students about our expectations regarding sexual conduct, consent, and alcohol and other drug use. After each performance, students participate in research-based, small-group discussions designed to reinforce key messages. This program is coordiated with Office of Enrollment Management and the Division of Student Life.

Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team Workshops

The Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT) in the Office of the Dean of Students is a group of students committed to ending sexual assault and relationship violence at UO. They use interactive facilitation styles to create social change on our campus. SWAT serves as a national model for peer theatre education and has presented at many conferences and campuses across the country. SWAT performs for UO residence halls, international students, fraternities and sororities, athletes, academic classes, student unions, student government, and other campus groups. Workshops include information on; the definition of consent, supporting a survivor, statistics about sexual assault, demonstrations of healthy and unhealthy communication, and more. You can schedule a workshop with SWAT at any time.

​Ducks Do Something Campaigns

The Ducks Do Something campaign was developed to implement the White House's “It’s On Us” initiative. A video, featuring sixteen student leaders, has been shown at athletic events, student gatherings, and was featured on many UO social media platforms. This video was also shown to all incoming students at the Week of Welcome Kickoff event, to reinforce community expectations. 

A successful student video contest followed the larger video project, and encourage student to show us how to best implement the values espoused in the Ducks Do Something video. Additionally, the Division of Student Life does a campus-wide social-norming campaign developed to showcase a peer-to-peer model of respect. 

Rehearsals for Life

Rehearsals for Life is a project of the UO Graduate School and the Office of the Dean of Students. Utilizing scenario-based learning founded on the model of Theatre of the Oppressed and other applied theatre modalities, students develop interactive presentations for their peers on issues facing graduate students today. Topics addressed in Rehearsals for Life performances include the following: sexual harassment training; issues of diversity; equity and access; working effectively with advisers and professors; gaining credibility in your field; international student concerns; challenging authority; and responsible research. 

Looking Out

University Housing provides bystander intervention and crime reporting resources to residence hall students through a poster campaign. Safety information is posted throughout our residence halls and each individual rooms. In addition, Residence Life staff meets with incoming university residence hall students prior to students' first term living on campus, to discuss critical safety and security practices, as well as behavioral expectations.

AlcoholEdu and Haven (through spring 2017)

The University of Oregon required all incoming students under the age of 21 to complete an online training that includes education on alcohol abuse (AlcoholEdu) and sexual violence prevention (Haven) through spring 2017. A new training will be offered begining Fall 2017. More information will be available on the Dean of Students website. 

Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL)

The FSL Sexual Violence Prevention Leadership Board, which includes one member from each chapter, meets weekly with the director of sexual violence prevention & education to become more educated about sexual violence and develop leadership skills in motivating their respective chapters and the greater FSL community to prevent sexual violence and respond appropriately if someone gets hurt. In addition, all new members of Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils meet on separate nights to be welcomed into the FSL community and learn about how to take care of themselves and how to look out for one another, and all active sorority women and fraternity men are required to attend meetings that include prevention education focusing on alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault, and hazing.

Experts from UO Police Department (UOPD) and the Office of the Dean of Students also present to members of the university’s fraternities and sororities about safe and legal behaviors, targeting drug and alcohol crimes, sexual assault, assault, crime reporting, bystander intervention, and risk reduction.

Self-defense Classes

The Department of Physical Education offers women’s empowerment-based self-defense classes. These for-credit classes are based on the research of UO Professor Dr. Jocelyn Hollander (and are taught by Professor Hollander in collaboration with a PE instructor for the physical aspects of the class).

The UO Police Department offers RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) training, personal self-defense classes conducted by trained police officers once each term.

Sex Café

Sex Café is a student-run group with a mission to support sex positive experiences through open dialogue based on prompts and self-reflection. Sex Café is open to all female-identified and non-binary people, and meetings are based on the availability of the group each term. Sex Café is a connective, safer-space in which to reflect, co-educate, and care for yourself and one another responsibly as sexually active people. If you are interested in joining, email Sex Café for more information.

UO Police Department

UOPD police, public safety, and security officers conduct a number of in-person presentations to students on preventing and reporting crime, including AEI, FSL and international students, In addition, they also provide on-request officer safety escorts for anyone on campus, from and to any campus location, with a call to dispatch.

Ride Services

The student government operates two free, nightly, year-round ride service programs: Safe Ride, a taxi-style van pickup/drop-off service that will take students to or from on-campus or off-campus locations, and the Designated Driver Shuttle, a van service for intoxicated riders, from on- or off-campus locations.

Prevention Programs for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff also play an important role in our prevention efforts. Everyone on campus is expected to be actively involved in preventing sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, gender-based harassment or bullying, and stalking. Faculty and staff who want to be involved in sexual assault prevention can contact the UO Senate Committee on Sexual and Gender Based Violence.

Training and Expectations

Faculty and staff can learn more about their responsibilities and rights through the online training required for every UO employee. This training identifies sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking as prohibited conduct, defines what behavior constitutes sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking under state and federal law, defines what behavior and actions constitute consent to sexual activity under the state law and University of Oregon Student Conduct Code and provides information on safe and positive options and strategies for bystander intervention and risk reduction. 

Course Syllabi Language

Sample statements derived from a recommendation from the senate task force and administrators working to develop appropriate language that a faculty member can use to notify students of their reporting obligations is availble now. These samples are intended to be a draft for now. They will be shared with the senate when it is reconvened fall term 2015. The samples will be updated to reflect any changes or additions that the senate makes, with clarification whether the senate determines that a statement should be mandatory. 

The sample language can be found in the faculty resources section on the affirmative action website.