Spring 2015 Newsletter
Western Launches Haven Sexual Violence Prevention Training for Students and Employees
As part of Western’s comprehensive efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence, during Winter quarter Western requested that all current students complete Haven and AlcoholEdu, online trainings about preventing sexual violence and reducing risks associated with alcohol abuse.
The Haven and AlcoholEdu trainings are used by higher education institutions across the country, and provide thoughtful, engaging, research-based learning modules designed to educate students committed to thinking about their life choices and the safety of their friends and peers. The Haven training also responds to new federal guidelines aimed at addressing the problem of sexual assault that continues to affect students at colleges across the nation.
The trainings inform students about issues involved in sexual assault and alcohol abuse prevention, enhance recognition of potentially risky situations, and equip students with skills to foster a safe environment for themselves and others. Among other things, the Haven training addresses the importance of consent and provides tools to help bystanders intervene to prevent sexual violence. The training also provides information about Western’s policies, resources and reporting options regarding sexual violence.
This year, the entire student body was asked engage in this training. In future years, new students will be asked to complete the trainings prior to beginning their first quarter at Western. A version of the online training about campus sexual violence prevention will also be provided to employees next Fall.
Anyone with questions about the Haven and AlcoholEdu trainings for students or about alcohol abuse prevention efforts more broadly may contact Elva Munro, Director of Prevention and Wellness Services, at x2993. For questions regarding the prevention of sexual violence and Title IX requirements, please contact Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, Vice Provost, Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity and Title IX Coordinator, at x3307.