Statement on New Sexual Assault Prevention Training

Terri Harris Reed, vice provost for diversity and inclusion, and Peter Konwerski, vice provost and dean of student affairs announce new enhancements

April 19, 2015

Our strategy has been and will continue to be having a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to sexual assault awareness education. This summer we will continue this approach with some new enhancements. Our education outreach will begin at CI with 30-minute peer and staff led sessions during floor meetings, followed by the new mandatory online training module for incoming undergraduate and graduate students later in the summer and mandatory in-person sessions during the first week of school. Our efforts will continue into the academic year with additional education and outreach.
We believe this heightened awareness will generate excellent participation at the in-person sessions during Welcome Week and will complement the planned mandatory online module.
Our approach was derived from input from the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with students, student leaders, student organizations and, in particular, the subcommittees of the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Group, and included external benchmarking research tied to national initiatives, research reports, and recommendations.
There have been ongoing discussions about the student support to make the in-person sessions mandatory and President Knapp confirmed his support of our decision to move forward with this modification during a Friday meeting with representatives from SASA.
We are excited about the robust and rigorous enhancements to our already well-regarded efforts and commitment to prevent sexual assault in our community and are pleased that GW students continue to show interest in exploring every available option for preventing campus sexual assault.
In the months to come, we will continue to work with various campus partners to develop the programmatic content of our education and outreach, including outlining the best mechanisms for tracking participation.