The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) influences UI education efforts through a federal grant and associated training and education requirements. OVW endorses approaching education in three phases: pre-orientation, orientation, and post-orientation. Pre-orientation is concerned with incoming students prior to arriving on campus. Orientation is concerned with incoming students after their arrival, but before classes begin. Post-orientation occurs after classes start and includes education activities reaching students throughout their academic career.

Chart showing timing and participation by content area in 2018.

Unique participants are not tracked; someone attending two or more events may be counted more than once.

 

Graph showing timing and participation by topic in 2018

Unique participants are not tracked; someone attending two or more events may be counted more than once.

 

Pre-orientation education

The UI’s education efforts begin prior to students arriving on campus with a mandatory online education program. All incoming undergraduate and transfer students are required to complete an online sexual misconduct prevention course called Every Choice. The Every Choice program is one part of a larger course called Success at Iowa. Students receive two credit hours for completing the entire Success at Iowa course during their first semester at The University of Iowa. The Every Choice program is an interactive online program that is designed to help students protect themselves and others from sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and dating/domestic violence. The program also focuses on bystander intervention skills to help students feel empowered to speak up and intervene to prevent potentially violent situations from occurring.

All incoming graduate and professional students are required to take Not Anymore, an online course which educates students on gender-based violence and discrimination and bystander intervention. Students who do not complete the mandatory program have a hold placed on their registration until they complete the course.

The Every Choice and Not Anymore programs are coordinated by Student Wellness. In addition to coordinating program implementation, monitoring completion, and providing support to students, Student Health and Wellness facilitates an alternate program option for students who are unable to complete the online course due to personal experience with the issues.

Completion rates of online education program

Spring 2018      
Course Completed Total Percent complete
Every Choice 410 417 98%
Every Choice Refresher 398 417 96%
Not Anymore 303 319 95%
Not Anymore Refresher 293 319 92%
Fall 2018      
Course Completed Total Percent complete
Every Choice 5731 5775 99%
Every Choice Refresher 5664 5775 98%
Not Anymore 2002 2018 99%
Not Anymore Refresher 1983 2018 98%

 

After taking Every Choice:

  • 95% of students agreed that interpersonal violence is a significant problem on college campuses, compared with 90% before taking the course.
  • 96% of students understood the approaches they would want to use to intervene against interpersonal violence, compared with 72% before taking the course.
  • 95% of students agreed or strongly agreed they possessed the tools to protect themselves against interpersonal violence, compared with 86% before taking the course.

After taking Not Anymore:

  • 95% of students agreed that, within their abilities, they were responsible for stopping interpersonal violence, compared with 91% before taking the course.
  • 92-95% of students said that they were likely or very likely to intervene against a form of interpersonal violence, compared with 76-89% before taking the course.
  • 93-95% of students agreed that interpersonal violence was a moderate or big program on campuses in the U.S., compared with 71-83% before taking the course.

The Anti-Violence Plan identifies parents and guardians as key partners in supporting the university’s prevention efforts. Parents and guardians have the opportunity to participate in pre-orientation sessions related to supporting their incoming students. The Difficult Conversations: Partnering for Student Success session is presented by the Department of Public Safety, Office of the Dean of Students, Student Wellness, and RVAP. It focuses on providing parents and families with strategies to engage their student in difficult conversations about alcohol, sexual assault, and other aspects of college life that impact a student’s ability to be successful. In 2018, the Difficult Conversations: Partnering for Student Success session was offered 4 times to 300 parents.

 

Orientation education

All incoming undergraduate students are required to attend the CHOOSE session during On Iowa! During the session, students expand on what they learned in the pre-orientation online program, particularly on the topic of bystander intervention, by viewing a video illustrating various problematic situations staged on campus to show students intervening to make campus safer and more welcoming. This session engages students in a variety of hands on and interactive learning experiences to better enhance their skills, knowledge, and resources surrounding topics of gender-based violence and discrimination as they enter the University of Iowa.

In addition to regular orientation activities, international students participate in orientation facilitated by International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS). In 2018, ISSS invited OSMRC and Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity to facilitate a workshop titled “Setting Sail to Healthy Relationships” to incoming international students. The 30-minute workshop teaches students to recognize gender-based violence and know where to get help for themselves or a friend. In 2018, OSMRC and Monsoon facilitated 4 workshops to approximately 200 incoming students.

Additional orientation education was hosted across campus to extend the reach of in-person workshops. The Department of Public Safety offered Better Men. Better Hawkeyes., a one-hour program dedicated to promoting healthy masculinity by fostering discussions about gender stereotypes and sexual consent, to 35 Residence Education staff at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester. WRAC provided bystander education to 156 incoming students in the College of Law in fall 2018.

 

Post-orientation education

After orientation, students have opportunities to continue to participate in events related to the prevention of sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking. Post-orientation events are varied in their format, and include workshops, awareness raising campaign, curriculum infusion, and community events. Collaboration between the departments responsible for providing education ensures that our messaging is aligned and that our programs build upon pre-orientation and orientation programming.

 

Workshops

Education workshops have been developed by providers on campus based on current best practices and campus needs. Workshop providers start with a standard plan and frequently modify it to meet the specific needs of the group requesting or hosting the workshop. Campus groups learn about available workshops and request workshops through the Ending Violence at Iowa site. Assessments are collected at conclusion of each workshop to measure effectiveness and inform future programming.

Many workshops are scheduled at the request of a campus group that has reached out directly to the workshop provider or made a request through the Ending Violence at Iowa site. Ongoing collaboration across the campus community expands opportunities for campus partners to host these educational events. In 2018, groups that hosted events included Fraternity and Sorority Life, Athletics, International Students and Scholars Services, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, Women in Science and Engineering, Student United Way, Campus Activities Board, and Residence Education.

Workshop attendance and content area covered in 2018

Workshop name and provider Number of workshops Number of participants Policy information Crime information Healthy relationships Bystander intervention Risk reduction Awareness raising Consent

Sexual Health Education
Student Wellness, RVAP, WRAC

5 317     X     X X

Bystander Intervention
WRAC, RVAP

6 302       X      

Dismantling Rape Culture
WRAC, RVAP

8 274           X  

Relationship Remix
WRAC, RVAP, Monsoon

8 274     X X   X X

Know the Law, Know Your Rights
Student Legal Services

5 190   X   X X X X

Enthusiastic Consent/Queering Consent
WRAC, RVAP

3 75     X     X X

Better Men. Better Hawkeyes.
DPS

6 57 X X X X   X X

Unique participants are not tracked; someone attending two or more events may be counted more than once.

 

Campaigns, community events, and information booklets

Campaigns play an important role in changing social norms by sharing basic facts with members of the community and raising awareness around issues of gender-based violence and discrimination. 

In 2018, seven community campaigns or events organized by RVAP, WRAC, Transformative Healing, and Residence Education raised awareness about the dynamics of sexual assault and provided information about local hotlines and resources. Information tables at multiple campus events promoted the services of campus and community organizations and provided information about responding to someone who discloses being a victim/survivor.

Student Health and Wellness included information about affirmative consent and healthy relationships in their 2018 Healthy Hawk Challenge online survey, which reached 1568 students.

In fall 2018, the UI Parent and Family Network once again provided a safety booklet in every residence hall room highlighting resources available on campus to ensure students knew where to get help and where to make a report.

Raise the Bar is a training opportunity for local bar staff to gain knowledge on sexual assault dynamics, perpetrator red flags, the use of alcohol as a weapon and camouflage, and bystander intervention skills with the goal of developing a coordinated response to prevent sexual assault. Raise the Bar also allows bar staff to share safety messages that encourages respectful behavior and informs patrons that bar staff are available for help. The 2018 Anti-Violence Plan included RVAP scheduling training with bars, revising their outreach plan and training materials. 

Peer leaders trained by WRAC and RVAP co-facilitate workshops on campus and help with coordinating community awareness raising events.