Bystander Education, Prevention and Training Programs
At Suffolk University, the health, safety and welfare of our students, employees and other members of our community are of paramount concern. As such, Suffolk University students and employees are encouraged to seek to intervene in or interrupt, if it is safe to do so, any discriminatory behavior that you witness, including sexual misconduct.
Training on effective bystander intervention techniques is offered by various offices on campus. For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office (CAS and SBS) at 617.573.8239 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Dean of Students Office (Law) at 617.573.8157 or the Human Resources Department at 617.573.8415.
Suffolk University’s Education Programs
Several University offices and student organizations offer workshops and training opportunities for students, faculty and staff to foster and promote individual and collective action to reduce sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence. Programs include bystander intervention, education about the role of alcohol and drugs in consent and sexual assault, workshops for incoming students and their parents, education for employees and the dissemination of written materials. Contact the following offices for more information about specific programs:
Counseling, Health and Wellness Center
5th floor, 73 Tremont Street
Health and Wellness: 617.573.8260
Student Affairs /Dean of Students (CAS and SBS Students)
12th floor, 73 Tremont Street
Dean of Students Office (Law Students)
4th floor, 120 Tremont Street
Residence Life and Housing
7th floor, 73 Tremont Street
5th floor, 73 Tremont Street
Suffolk University Police Department
8 Ashburton Place
Non-emergency lines: 617.573.8113 or 617.573.8333
Student peer educators, the SUPERS, offer a multitude of informational workshops, panel discussions, info sessions and tables which present information on the relationship of alcohol and drugs to sexual misconduct, safer sex, relationship violence and sexually transmitted infections. More information is available at www.suffolk.edu/campuslife/9239.php.
A new student organization, Suffolk University Students Helping Institute Equal Learning and Defense – SHIELD, will help to educate students on sexual assault prevention.
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program
Suffolk University’s Rape Aggression Defense program provides realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for female students and employees. It is a comprehensive, female-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, then progresses to the basics of hands-on self-defense training. It is not a martial arts program.
Suffolk’s RAD courses are taught by nationally certified instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. The SUPD employs certified members on campus who teach a 12-hour RAD training session once a semester. Suffolk is proud to offer the RAD program free of charge to all members of our community.
For further information, contact the Suffolk University Police Department at 617.573.8333.
Training is held annually for students, employees and investigators of sexual misconduct reports and complaints that include the following topics: University policy and procedures for responding to sexual misconduct reports and complaints, the impact of sexual misconduct on survivors, the dynamics of sexual and relationship violence, interviewing techniques and decision-making.
Training is held for a variety of campus groups including students, student employees/resident assistants, student leaders, student athletes, faculty and staff on sexual violence prevention, reporting expectations and response protocols.
Training on sexual violence prevention, reporting expectations and response protocols is conducted for all new students and employees through orientation programs.
Training on sexual violence prevention, reporting expectations and response protocols is conducted for all new students and employees through orientation programs. New students must complete the online educational tool, Haven, which uses a population-level approach to educate students on the issues associated with sexual assault and other sexual misconduct. Haven provides students with specific definitions pertaining to sexual assault. The program addresses important distinctions between making decisions when consent is present and when consent is absent or difficult to identify. The program relies on current statistics from the US Department of Justice to support the messages delivered in the course, helping raise awareness of the prevalence of this issue on college campuses. Haven addresses many of the assumptions and stereotypes associated with sexual assault, rape, stalking, and harassment and refutes these common misperceptions with facts and current statistics.
Policies are in place and are disseminated to students and employees to inform them of prohibited conduct, educational programs to promote the prevention of sexual misconduct and reporting and support resources for survivors.