St. Mary’s offers a variety of programs and initiatives to educate our community and raise awareness of Title IX and sexual misconduct issues.
- Complete an online module on bystander intervention and sexual respect from our training partner, Get Inclusive
- Attend an in-person training session on “Bringing in the Bystander” or “You are the Investigator”
- Contact Title IX Coordinator Michael Dunn if a student wishes to be excused from the training requirement due to personal concerns or experiences
St. Mary’s offers many awareness programs around Title IX and issues of sexual violence, sexual harassment, and relationship violence, including:
- A CALL TO MEN: The national violence prevention organization hosted workshops to address the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence in society and on college campuses, and how men can work together to prevent it (Fall 2017). This programming was made possible thanks to a grant from the Center for Injury and Sexual Assault Prevention at the Maryland Department of Health. The funding came from the Maryland Rape and Sexual Assault Prevention College Initiative, which seeks to enhance campus-based sexual violence prevention activities.
- One Love Foundation Escalation Workshop: Participants learn about the warning signs of relationship violence through a film and a discussion led by a trained facilitator (January 2018).
- Fear 2 Freedom Celebration Event: Participants are empowered to raise awareness and make a positive impact by assembling aftercare kits for survivors of sexual violence (April 2018).
Other campus programs include Take Back the Night, the Clothesline Project, and RAINN Day.
We apply the “Bringing in the Bystander” model of bystander intervention (“Bringing in the Bystander” is a registered trademark of the University of New Hampshire). This evidence-based approach is designed to help participants understand the concept of bystander intervention, identify a continuum of inappropriate behavior, develop empathy for those who have experienced sexual violence, and develop skills to intervene as a bystander.