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Welcome to the Not In Our State Summit 2015 at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula, Montana. 
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Monday, November 9 • 11:00am - 11:50am
How a Catholic Institution is Addressing Sexual Assault

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Session Description: In our presentation we plan to discuss the campus climate survey that was disseminated at Carroll College during the spring of 2015. We will be expanding on our results and we will discuss how we believe we were able to achieve a high participation rate, at approximately forty-five percent of the student body. We believe this participation rate was due to the methods we utilized to present the survey to the student body, which we will further describe in our session. Carroll College has never conducted a formal survey on sexual assault and harassment until this year. As students, we worked alongside three members of the gender studies faculty, Dr. Angel, Dr. Bernardi, and Dr. Dolan, to administer the campus climate survey. Importantly, the survey results will help shape ongoing efforts to improve student safety at Carroll. We will discuss the proactive steps Carroll has begun to take to address the issue of sexual assault on our campus. For example, bystander training has been taught to the newest freshman class and Carroll's largest student groups. Sports teams, community advisors, and other student leaders have all participated in this training. The administration is implementing bystander training across campus this year. During the spring of 2015, the Gender Studies faculty and students organized a sexual harassment panel which included experts from across the state. The panel discussed previous experiences, new motives, and how to report and recognize these situations. Finally, we would like to speak about student-led programs. Carroll students have recently introduced the It's on Us initiative to promote awareness about sexual assault on campus. Carroll faculty are also investigating programs aimed at prevention, such as the development of a peer mentorship program for students. It is imperative that Catholic institutions, like Carroll, work hard to dispel the myth that issues such as sexual assault are not as important or as prevalent as they are at larger colleges and universities. This is why programs to promote awareness and prevention are such an essential part of the Carroll student life.

Learning Outcomes: Attendees will learn about our campus climate survey results and initiatives that our campus is taking to improve student safety. We most want to highlight how we were able to receive a high participation rate for the campus climate survey. We reached out to the faculty to request a small portion of their class time to administer the survey. Many professors recognized the importance of this issue and gladly complied with our request. Administration helped us with promotion of the survey by sending out mass emails for the entire duration of the survey. Posters were hung around campus to increase participation. We believe that students administrating the survey played a huge role in the high participation rate. Student participants were able to recognize the importance of the issue and felt more comfortable with the request coming from their peers. Attendees will also learn about our campus' ongoing efforts toward raising awareness about sexual assault and prevention, as well as future efforts aimed at prevention. Finally, attendees will learn about the unique challenges associated with addressing sexual assault and harassment at a Catholic campus.


Lauren Scofield and Elle Barta, Carroll College

Lauren Scofield and Elle Barta, Carroll College

Monday November 9, 2015 11:00am - 11:50am
UC 327

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