A well-functioning college or university will have several strategies and programs in place that directly and effectively address sexual assault, including:

  1. A clear and focused mission and vision for their sexual assault program that recognizes the complexity and diversity of modern college campus life while recognizing their duty to lessen the risks and incidence of sexual assault on campus and within the student body.
  2. Comprehensive sexual assault education programs targeted toward freshman that discuss the legal context, student code of conduct, and clearly identifies resources and processes for addressing sexual assault.
  3. Incorporation of human sexuality education nested in contemporary college student attitudes and behavior to broaden awareness and empathy for diverse viewpoints and establishing individual dignity and sovereignty as a core value.
  4. Self-defense education and training as primary prevention and risk reduction strategies tailored to the needs of today’s college students.
  5. Comprehensive bystander education and intervention programs that are well attended and reach out to a broad base of the student body.
  6. An effective, timely and efficient process for assessing sexual assault charges on a case-by-case basis with that protect and support the victim without compromising the rights and dignity of the accused.
  7. Diverse adjudication procedures that extend to non-adversarial and more collaborative programs such as Restorative Justice, going beyond conventional local law enforcement engagement and the criminal justice system.
  8. Trauma-sensitive support services that assist and support survivors on their healing journey.
  9. Well-defined and mutually respectful relationships between college administrators and local law enforcement agencies with trauma sensitive training and procedures in place.
  10. Active and broad-based participation by student groups in addressing sexual assault, prevention, and risk reduction.Type your paragraph here.
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