As faculty and staff, we’re in a unique position to shape the climate of the university. We typically stay in the area and at the university longer, and many of us are in frequent contact with students.
When it comes to violence prevention, there are many ways faculty and staff help set the tone for students. You can play a critical role in efforts to reduce sex- and gender-based violence on campus.
Stalking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault are complex, difficult problems to address and it’s easy to become discouraged.
We firmly believe that while no one can do everything to stop violence, everyone can do something. To get started, check out our toolkit below for ideas and resources you can use in the year ahead.
- Use your syllabus. Link to the Health & Wellness Services and the Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO) in your syllabus. OEO provides sample syllabus language about campus policy prohibiting discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.
- Promote a safe space. Let students know your classroom is a safe space that does not tolerate violence of any kind.
- Make sure you know the resources. If a student needs help, direct them to OEO’s list of resources. If you have concerns about a student’s emotional or psychological wellbeing, you can share your concerns with the AWARE Network.
- Spread the word about Green Dot. On syllabus day, consider including a Green Dot slide in your presentation.
- Need to cancel class? Call us! If you’re ill, or planning to be out, invite staff from Health & Wellness Services to host a workshop on violence prevention.
- Have a discussion. Talk with your class, student workers and colleagues about interpersonal violence.
- Encourage Green Dot participation. Consider providing extra credit to students who attend Green Dot events.
For all employees
- Get trained! Come to a Green Dot bystander training or invite us to one of your staff meetings.
- Display a violence prevention resources poster in your office. You can request posters from Health & Wellness Services for pick up or delivery by interdepartmental mail.
- Set an example. Model compassion for survivors of interpersonal violence.
- Get on board with Green Dot Day of Action. Encourage your student organizations to attend a Green Dot Day of Action workshop on September 18, 2016.
- Check in with students. Trust your gut and check in with a student if they look like they need to talk. Direct them to resources on campus or share your concerns with the AWARE Network.
- Subscribe for updates. Sign up to receive our monthly campus health updates or occasional information about violence prevention on campus.
By taking action in our everyday lives, we can all do something to help stop violence on our campus.