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XII. Prevention and Awareness Programs

The College is committed to the prevention of Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking through education and awareness programs. Incoming students and new employees receive primary education and prevention training as part of their orientation, and returning employees and students receive ongoing training and related programs.

The College has designated the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators with oversight of providing education, prevention and training programs as required by Title IX, Clery and VAWA.

Resources are also available through the Department of Campus Police Website (shared by Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges).  The website offers safety information including: locations of call boxes and 911 telephones, transportation services, programs and workshops offered by campus police on sexual assault prevention, and general safety tips.

Examples of prevention and education programs for students include:

  • Student Success TM  Every Choice online bystander intervention program is a required online training for all new students, orientation leaders, and resident advisors each fall. The program includes information about, and links to, College policies and resources, and focuses on preparing students to intervene in situations involving sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking. In addition, returning students receive a “refresher program” that covers a variety of topics including consent, healthy relationships and bystander intervention. Contact Charity O’Connor at coconnor@hampshire.edu for more information.
  • Consensual Sensual: Sexual Violence Prevention is a required orientation program for all incoming students. It is a performance designed to educate and start dialogue about sexual assault, sexual violence prevention, healthy relationships, consent, and communication.  The performance contains a series of vignettes with examples of consent conversations, bystander strategies, and stories of support for both survivors and those who have perpetuated violence.  The cast and crew consists of sexual violence survivors, allies, consent educators, trauma counselors, and safer sex educators. Small group discussions follow the performance, with professional support available.  Contact  Charity O’Connor at coconnor@hampshire.edu for more information.
  • Bystander Intervention Programs at Hampshire College. Bystander intervention programs are designed to provide knowledge and skills to individuals who observe or witness a situation that could potentially perpetuate violence and teaches them how to intervene safely. This approach gives community members concrete tools to use to intervene including naming and stopping a situation, creating a distraction to disrupt a concerning interaction, calling on others for help when needed and speaking out against behaviors or actions that support rape culture. Student Life staff have been trained in multiple bystander intervention training models including Green Dot and Safe Passage: Say Something. These trainings are offered during orientation, for specific groups of student leaders, and in residence halls. The training is also available to staff and faculty. For more information, to request a training or to become involved, contact Charity O’Connor at coconnor@hampshire.edu

Employee Training on sexual assault, relationship violence, and harassment, and College policies and procedures, is provided to new employees as part of their orientation and current employees receive ongoing training and related education.  The College is committed to maintaining an education and employment environment free from harassment and discrimination and offers regular and ongoing education and awareness programs.  Contact Dianna Williams at dwilliams@hampshire.edu or Krista Mazzuca at kmazzuca@hampshire.edu for more information.