Clemson University improving sexual assault, violence prevention education

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CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Clemson University is doing more this year to raise awareness about sexual assault and violence on campus. It’s part of a continued push to help students learn how to stay safe.

Once the fall semester begins at Clemson University, every new student will take the usual required CU-1000 course.

“It’s to help get students acclimated to Clemson and understand Clemson’s values,” Megan Fallon, the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator. “We are trying to create this sense of a Clemson family. So that means we should be taking care of each other like we are family.”

But this year, there’s a new element to the curriculum. There will be an online portion with Title Nine education to teach students about violence and sexual assault.

“It is Clemson saying we value violence prevention,” Fallon continued. “We make sure that our students know what their resources are and understand the dynamics of alcohol and how that can affect the body, and how to intervene most importantly.”

Fallon said Monday their efforts are also to inform the campus of various resources they have available for the safety of victims.

“So they can stay and succeed and do well at Clemson. We want to do what we can to make the student feel safe,” Fallon said. “They are able to navigate the resources before coming forward if they are not feeling confident about coming forward.”

The online course is paired with an in-person, peer discussion that’s been taught by Aspire to Be Well since 2012.

“After taking the Aspire course, we know that 96% of our first year students know of their resources if they or a friend are sexually assaulted,” Chloe Greene, the Healthy Campus Associate Director and Aspire to be Well Coordinator, said.

“They know their resources on and off campus. It is educating our students on what sexual violence is what it takes to give consent, what that means and in all of our sections we focus on off campus resources and what it means to be an active bystander and how important it is to look out for fellow students,” Greene continued.

Like last year, along with the course, the Interpersonal Violence Prevention organization will also be holding several events and handing out daily reminders, like buttons, pens or socks, to students. Most of the events will be lead with student help, to attract more students to the conversation.

“We’ve had great luck with getting students to our events because of the partnerships we have with ROTC, the Greeks, health campus and faculty,” Fallon added. “There is no shortage of people that want to help raise awareness on this campus.”

University officials say they’ll continue improving their violence prevention education to give students the best learning environment they can.

“We have a research and evaluation team. We have three faculty partners that work with us on developing our content and our assessment for Aspire,” Greene explained. “We are really excited about what that assessment shows for how great our program is. Their area of research is sexual violence prevention. So, they provide a lot of really great content for us and help us develop the curriculum to what it is.”

She went on to say, “We are really making this university a healthy and safe place for all new students.”

The sexual assault and violence prevention education and resources for Clemson University are also online. You’ll find a link for the CU-1000 course by clicking HERE and a link to violence education, by clicking HERE.

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