Safety & Equity at UWO
To ensure UWO remains a safe and welcoming place for all students and employees pursuing their personal, professional, and academic goals at UWO, everyone has a part in Title IX. UWO carries out compliance of Title IX, Clery Act, and UWO Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment policy through a coordinated and collaborative system of initiatives, programs, and services that collectively protect educational access, advance gender equity, and prevent and educate about sexual violence. Please see the Support page if you need immediate assistance, the Report page for more information on reporting an incident, and the Education page for more information on sexual assault.
The University continually strives to prevent sexual misconduct including, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation by providing training and educational programming and events for students and employees, and by promptly and compassionately responding to reports of sexual misconduct. UWO has established procedures for reporting and grievance processes for formal complaints. Please see the Policies and Processes pages for more information.
UWO Prevention Programming
During the first week of school, speakers provide prevention education related to sexual activity and college life. The UWO Guide provides practical support (list of services and departments) as well as transition guidance for first year students.
Prevention and wellness programming for the beginning of the school year when a disproportionate number of campus assaults occur nationwide. The Red Zone at UWO is a collaborative campus-wide effort hosting a six-week long series of sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and wellness programming and messaging about sexual activity in college.
EVERFI is an online platform the University has chosen to provide sexual assault and prevention training to students. It is a comprehensive Title IX and Clery Act education and training solution that engages students, encourages them to foster healthy relationships, and prepares them to recognize and respond to sexual assault and harassment when it occurs. It is a required training for all students in their first semester at UWO.
Based on the work of Alan Berkowitz, UWO holds workshops throughout the year to provide the opportunity to learn and practice safe and effective intervention skills to disrupt unhealthy or unsafe situations. The goal is to collectively create a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus environment.
The LGBTQ Resource Center offers a three hour interactive workshop to introduce students and employees to LGBTQ+ terms, culture, challenges, and how to be an effective ally both in and out of the classroom.
RAD is a one credit class offered at UWO that teaches students self-defense skills to respond to physical or sexual assaults.
Hosted by the UWO Women’s Center, Masculinity Monday, is a bi-weekly discussion group that talks about healthy masculinity. Voices of Titan Men is an annual call to action hosted by the Women’s Center and Men of Color Initiative to promote healthy masculinity and end sexual violence on campus and in the community.
An annual awareness campaign held during the month of April to coordinate with National Sexual Assault Awareness month.
An annual community event hosted at UWO to raise awareness, support survivors, spotlight allies, and remember those lost to violence.
CARE is a peer education group consisting of female and male ally students focused on raising awareness and preventing dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and harassment on campus.
UWO Coordinated Community Response Team, CCRT Members (PDF)
This team coordinates all prevention and intervention efforts, facilitates communication between key campus departments and community partners, ensures messages across efforts are consistent and reinforced and ensures the University response to victims/survivors is seamless, consistent, and supportive.
National Prevention Information & Resources
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Facts and publications about sexual violence
The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
Free programs and tools to deliver prevention programming to students.
Prevention and survivor support
Prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence