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Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Activities

At Ohio University, sexual assault prevention education begins before a student steps on campus as an official Bobcat – and continues throughout each student's college career.

This education includes bystander intervention, the only research-approved method to prevent sexual assaults on college campuses. We teach that if you see someone in need, there are ways you can safely intervene, including being direct when safe and able, creating a distraction, or by delegating to others when help is needed. 

 

Required Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Training for Faculty & Staff

The BRIDGES online sexual assault prevention and education module was introduced in 2017-18 for all faculty and staff at Ohio University.  All staff are required to take it when they join OHIO and are encouraged to take it every year. 

Education Activities for Ohio University Students

  • Sexual Misconduct Education


    We start conversations about sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence, including stalking, dating violence and sexual assault through required modules following Bobcat Student Orientation (BSO), including definitions of sexual assault and consent and discussions on how we hold students accountable who are found in violation of sexual misconduct.

  • AlcoholEDU & Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates


    All first-year and transfer students are required to enroll and successfully pass AlcoholEDU and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (EVERFI) before they can enroll for classes their spring semester.  A refresher course of both modules is also required for third-year students the summer before they move-off campus and also for graduate students employed in the Division of Student Affairs. 

  • Student Athletes EVERI Training


    Athletes get tailored training from our partner, EVERFI, every year. This is in addition to the training that all students receive. 

  • CHOICES Program


    All first-year students enrolled in Learning Communities (95% of students) go through the CHOICES program, which provide additional information about consent, hazing, alcohol and bystander intervention.

  • Prevention Education Opportunities


    The Division of Student Affairs Well-being office offers in-person prevention education, including bystander intervention and programming that disrupts rape myth acceptance and victim-blaming attitudes.

  • Violence Prevention Education


    The Ohio University Women’s Center also often does programming around violence prevention, and their workshops are open to everyone. View programming calendar

  • Better Bystanders


    The Better Bystanders are a certified group of peer health educators who are aiming to create culture change among Ohio University students to reduce the normalization of power-based personal violence and the incidence of violence on campus.