Oregon State University has joined the It’s On Us campaign, an initiative by the White House to end sexual violence on college campuses.
The university has expanded staffing in the Office of Equity and Inclusion and has engaged a number of campus and community groups to educate students, faculty and staff about sexual violence; to respond to reported cases of sexual violence; and to prevent future incidents.
This fall, Oregon State introduced a series of required online courses for incoming students — AlcoholEdu and Haven — that are aimed at combating alcohol abuse and sexual assault respectively. The online programs reached approximately 6,400 students. Haven helps educate students on sexual assault prevention, consent and how to be an active bystander. Taking these courses before they even arrive on campus demonstrates how seriously the Oregon State community takes alcohol abuse and sexual violence.
Student Health Services Executive Director Jenny Haubenreiser says that while sexual violence has been a problem on U.S. college campuses for decades, the approach that Oregon State and other universities are now taking emphasizes an enhanced collaborative strategy to creating a safe environment.