2019 AAU Campus Climate Survey – Washington University student resources

Education and prevention

  • “The Date” – A mandatory orientation program for all incoming students consisting of a student-created and performed play that uses real stories to explore issues of consent and sexual assault. The play is followed by small-group discussions led by trained peer facilitators.
  • “#Rewind Blurred Lines” – A spring follow-up to “The Date,” the interactive performance presents students with a common scenario related to sexual harassment or assault and allows the audience to step into the shoes of the actors to utilize skills they have learned and try to effect change in the outcome.
  • “Stand By Me” – A spring second-year orientation program focused on relationship violence. The program is offered in second-year residential college communities. Communities watch peer-created video vignettes depicting unhealthy/abusive behaviors, and then have a discussion facilitated by trained RAs and RSVP Center facilitators.
  • Trained peer educators – The Leaders in Interpersonal Violence Education (LIVE and LIVE Greek) student group represents a cadre of more than 100 trained peer educators who provide education on sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and men and masculinities.
  • “It’s On Us” – Participation in a national campaign that aims to spark conversation about sexual assault and encourages participants to make a pledge to improve the campus culture.
  • Green Dot – Adopted by Washington University in 2011, Green Dot is a national bystander intervention program that uses peer influence to prevent sexual violence.
  • EverFi Sexual Assault Prevention – An online course required of all incoming undergraduate and graduate/professional students that fosters healthy relationships and prepares students to recognize and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment.
  • NCAA Board of Governors Policy on Campus Sexual Violence – Compliance with policy requirements from the NCAA, ensuring that all student-athletes, coaches and staff have been educated each year on sexual violence prevention, intervention and response.
  • Student, faculty and staff training – The Title IX Office and RSVP Center regularly provide training to members of the university community, including residential advisors, faculty and new employees, on sexual violence and harassment and how to help students who report these incidents.
  • Men’s Project – Men’s Project is a student group advised by the RSVP Center. Its goal is to engage men and masculine students on topics surrounding masculinity to ultimately work toward a safer, healthier campus for all. They do this through dialogues, community meetings and events, and educational sessions.

Student support

  • RSVP Center – Offers 24/7 response to students who have been victimized or are in a threatening situation and desire support with medical care, police response or emergency housing. Provides confidential ongoing counseling services and support for victims of relationship and sexual violence as well as prevention education.
  • Student Health Services counseling– Provides medical and mental health care for individuals impacted by relationship and sexual violence.
  • Dedicated staff resources – Includes the Title IX Coordinator, associate coordinator, education specialist, investigator and administrative assistant; the RSVP Center director, a full-time administrative coordinator, three full-time counselors and two full-time sexual and relationship violence prevention specialists.
  • S.A.R.A.H. – The Sexual Assault and Rape Anonymous Helpline is a 24-hour confidential helpline run by students during the academic year that offers referrals, resources and information on rape, sexual assault, abuse, relationships and more.
  • Uncle Joe’s Peer Counseling and Resource Center – Offers 24-hour phone counseling by students, as well as in-person peer support.

Law enforcement and disciplinary processes

  • Law enforcement – Anyone who experiences sexual assault is encouraged to report allegations to law enforcement authorities, including the Washington University Police Department (WUPD), which has male and female officers specially trained in assisting victims of sexual assault. If the incident occurred off-campus, WUPD or the RSVP Center will assist the victim in contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency.
  • University Sexual Assault Investigation Board – The USAIB is composed of faculty, staff and students appointed by the chancellor to investigate all complaints against students of sexual assault, and some complaints against students of sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence or stalking that do not involve an alleged sexual assault; and to provide a written determination of responsibility to the vice chancellor for student affairs, who then determines potential disciplinary action, pursuant to the University Student Judicial Code, up to and including suspension and expulsion.