What to Look for in Prevention Programs

Posted by On Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of posts on what you should look for in campus prevention programs.

The Campus SaVE Act requires schools to train their students and faculty on  sexual violence.  According to the SaVE Act, schools should have “primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees” as well as “ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students and faculty” (20 U.S.C, § 1092(f)(8)(B)(i)). A recent guidance document on Title IX released by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) also emphasizes the importance of training students, staff, and faculty.

In previous posts, we’ve written about how the SaVE Act’s draft regulations define “prevention program” and recent recommendations from the OCR for Title IX employee training. In the following posts, we’ll be discussing the current status of these laws and pending regulations as they pertain to prevention programs, but we’ll also examine best practices in instructional design. We’re hoping that these posts will help administrators thoughtfully choose or develop training programs that best meet the needs of their campuses.

Of course, here at CampusClarity, we provide training to colleges and universities for faculty and students, so we do have a horse in this race. We also have a great deal of knowledge and experience when it comes to creating high-quality Campus SaVE Act and Title IX training. We certainly pride ourselves on what we produce, and we’ll be referencing our experiences and practices throughout these posts.

But we also know that there is no silver bullet solution for schools looking to satisfy all their training needs. There is a lot of ground-level implementation and follow-up that needs to happen at the school itself.

In fact, when looking for a training provider, you don’t want someone selling you “the solution” (one course, for instance), but a set of tools that will enable you to achieve your training goals. Indeed, the White House Task Force’s recommendations for effective bystander training point to the importance of combining approaches. Whether it’s online training, social marketing, or live theater, every component is just a piece of a larger puzzle. A good training program should provide administrators with the resources to put the pieces together in a coherent and consistent manner.

That’s why we talk about our program and not just our course. Think About It is award-winning, but alongside it we offer multiple follow-up courses, sanction courses, workshops, posters, reports, and other resources to help schools build their prevention programs.

In our first post — later this week — we’ll begin this discussion by looking at the “ongoing” aspect of an effective training program. This sets the stage for a series of posts that will follow, breaking down the individual components that make up an education program that addresses Title IX and Campus SaVE Act requirements. The final challenge, of course, is how to assemble those pieces in a way that creates a program that speaks to the unique population of your campus community. We’ll examine that need too. We’re here to help schools make their campuses safe learning environments.

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