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What is “The Red Zone”?

The “red zone” is shorthand for the first six weeks at the beginning of the school year when a disproportionate number of campus sexual assaults take place. The Department of Justice has identified the period between students’ arrival on campus in late August and Thanksgiving break as the stretch of time when a student is more likely to be assaulted than at any other point in their college career.

Why is it called the Red Zone? 

Because it is believed that there are more sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses during this time than any other time during the school year.

*This does NOT mean that sexual assaults do not happen at other times of the year* 


Week 1: Resources - September 1 -8, 2019

Monday, September 2

  • Rec Fest: 4:00 – 6:00PM, RecPlex
    • Check out all the different programs and opportunities for recreation on campus. Events include intramural sports, group exercise, club sports, climbing wall, and many more! No registration is required. Check it out with your friends or make new ones as you play
  • Welcome Back Party (Fraternity and Sorority Life): 8:00 – 11:00PM, Albee Patio
    • Meet outside of Reeve Union, near Polk Library, for a night of fun, food, and meeting new or old friends with our glow in the dark activities.

Tuesday, September 3

  • Taste of UW Oshkosh: 11:00AM – 2:00PM, Academic Mall & Albee Patio
    • Are you looking for ways to get involved on campus and in the Oshkosh community? Are you looking for a part-time job? Come check out all of these opportunities and more! Student organizations, university departments, volunteer agencies, off-campus employers, and community businesses will all be present to share information with you! Be prepared to receive a lot of free giveaways!

Wednesday, September 4

  • Wear Red Wednesday to raise awareness about the Red Zone!

Thursday, September 5

  • Bystander Intervention Training: 12:00 – 1:00PM, Sage 1234
    • Stronger and Safer Together Bystander Intervention Training Workshop, will give you the tools you need to safely and effectively intervene to make our campus safer, more welcoming, and more inclusive.
    • Register here:

Friday, September 6

  • Titan Nights: 8:30 – 11:59PM, Reeve Union
    • Don’t miss a favorite campus tradition – Titan Nights! Featuring games, crafts, movies, late night food and much more. Titan Nights are free for students with a TitanCard.
Week 2: Myth vs. Fact - September 9 -15, 2019

Daily trivia

  • New Topic Each Day!
    • Find the Daily Trivia in Reeve Union, at Res Hall and SRWC Front Desks, and on Facebook and Instagram!


Monday, September 9

  • Bystander Intervention Training: 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Student Success Center 101

Wednesday, September 11

  • Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!

Thursday, September 12

  • LGBTQ+ Resource Center Kick-Off Social: 5:00 – 7:00PM, LGBTQ+ Resource Center
    • We’re throwing a little get together at the LGBTQ Resource Center! Come find out who we are and what we do on campus. Meet the staff, hear testimonials from fellow students, and find ways to get involved. Crafts! Food! Fun!

Friday, September 13

  • Sex Trafficking Awareness with Theresa Flores: 5:00 – 8:00PM, Reeve Theater
    • Survivor and Author Theresa Flores travels the U.S. sharing her story of trafficking and being a sex slave while living in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit, Michigan.

There are no employees on campus who you can speak to about sexual misconduct (i.e., sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/intimate partner violence, stalking) without it being reported to the university or police.  

  • MYTH: There are several confidential resources on campus: Student Health Center, Counseling Center, and Victim/Survivor Advocates through Health Promotion in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Employees outside of these areas are required to submit an official report and inform the university of the sexual misconduct.

According to the 2018 NCHA data, participating UWO male students reported a higher rate of physical abuse in intimate relationships that participating UWO female students.


  • FACT: 2.2% of male students and 2.0% of female students who participated in the 2018 National College Health Assessment survey reported experiencing a physically abusive intimate relationship in the last 12 months.

People are equally likely to intervene in a potential sexual assault if the subject is  part of a racial group different from their own. 


  • MYTH: Unconscious or implicit bias can impact a person’s decision whether or not to intervene. A 2017 study by Katz et al. found that in a potential sexual assault scenario where the potential victim is a black woman, white women college students indicated less intent to intervene and felt less personal responsibility to intervene. 

If someone has an orgasm when they are assaulted, then it is not really sexual assault.


  • MYTH: An orgasm does not mean that someone “enjoyed” the sexual activity, or that they wanted it. Orgasm is a natural biological reaction that someone can’t control; it does not mean that forced or coerced sexual activity was consensual. Often this assumption is used to silence the victim/survivor.

Alcohol makes it harder to determine if you have consent, even for people who are in a relationship.


  • FACT: Drinking or previous romantic or sexual involvement never equals consent. Alcohol affects the ability to communicate clearly, and makes it more difficult to convey consent to another person – or to determine that a partner has consented to sex. Everyday Feminism suggests that a good general rule of thumb to follow is to get the hang of sex and to get the hang of drinking with your partner(s) separately before you join the two.

If your partner isn’t hitting you, then you aren’t being abused.


  • MYTH: Abuse is not always physical; it could be emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, digital, and also includes stalking. Just because the victim doesn’t have a bruise doesn’t mean these behaviors hurt any less.

Persons aged 18-24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.


  • FACT: Individuals aged 18-24 are at the highest risk of experiencing stalking, and sexual violence regardless of whether or not the individual is in college.
Week 3: Titans Intervene - September 16 -22, 2019

Monday, September 16

  • Masculinity Monday – Bystander Intervention: 11:30AM-12:30PM, Women’s Center
    • Are you ready to challenge man box culture on campus? Join us for dialogue on how to create healthy masculinity on campus!
  • Cocoa with the 5-0: 2:00PM-3:30PM, Reeve Union Concourse
    • Join members of University Police for a cup for cocoa or coffee!
  • D&I DocuSeries: The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots:
  • 6:00 – 8:00PM, Reeve Theater
    • The Bystander Moment tells the story of one of the most prominent and proven of these models — the innovative bystander approach developed by pioneering activist and writer Jackson Katz and his colleagues. In a riveting analysis illustrated with archival footage and clips from news, sports, and entertainment media, Katz explores the role of bystanders — especially friends, teammates, classmates, and co-workers—in perpetuating sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of gender violence.

Tuesday, September 17

  • Bystander Intervention Training: 11:30AM – 12:30PM, Student Success Center 101

Wednesday, September 18

  • Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!
  • Workshop Wednesday – Interrupting Sexism in the Workplace: 11:30AM-12:30PM, Reeve Union 212
    • The Workshop Wednesdays Leadership Series is a day-time leadership initiative coordinated by Reeve Union Student Involvement to offer opportunities for students to attend workshops throughout the year. Professionals across campus collaborate to offer workshops that will enhance participant’s leadership skills to provide professional development highly encouraged for successful employment after college. Pre-register at least a week before a workshop and be provided a free lunch at the session. Learn more here.
  • WOC Ally Wednesday – Bias and Bystander Intervention: 4:00-5:00PM, Women’s Center
    • Join us for brave discussions on how to be an ally to women of color (WOC).

Thursday, September 19

  • BiPanPoly Dating: 5:00 PM-6:30PM, Sage 1232
    • Join us for a positive and affirming discussion of Bi/Pan/Poly –sexual and romantic–relationships, exploring the myths surrounding these relationships and ways to build a foundation for healthy relationships.

Week 4: Healthy Sexuality - September 23 -29, 2018

Sunday, September 22

  • Sex Trivia: 8:30-10:00PM, Titan Underground (TUG)
    • Stop on by and get educated, win prizes, and have a fun night with sex trivia!

Monday, September 23 —- Bi Visibility Day All Day

  • Sex in the Dark: 6:30 – 7:30PM, Sage 1210
    • Although technically the lights will be on, Sex in the Dark provides students the opportunity to use their phones to ask, anonymously, their most intimate sex and relationship-based questions to our student panel of “sex”perts. People of all sexualities are welcome to participate in this respectful, appropriate, open, and inclusive evening.

Tuesday, September 24

  • Level Up! BDSM and Kink in Gaming: 6:00-8:00 PM, Women’s Center
    • Level Up! A Feminist Gaming Initiative provides a safe space for women and minority gamers to build community around feminist gaming while critically analyzing the media we love. During each meeting we will play games, discuss topics (like online toxicity, character development, gamer identity, and common tropes) and strategize how to make our community more inclusive.

Wednesday, September 25

  • Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!
  • Bystander Intervention Training: 3:00 – 4:00PM, Sage 1234
  • WOC Ally Wednesday – Positive sexuality vs. Hypersexualization: 4:00 – 5:00PM, Women’s Center
    • Join us for brave discussions on how to be an ally to women of color (WOC).
  • RUB Watercolor Night: 7:00 – 9:00PM, Titan Underground
    • A night filled with creativity – come check out our latest crafty experience! Materials available while supplies last

Thursday, September 26

  • Panel on Popular Culture: 50 Shades, Bonding, & More: 7-8:30PM, Reeve Theater
    • Are representations of BDSM and kink in movies like 50 Shades of Grey and shows like Netflix’s Bonding accurate of real-life BDSM and kink communities? Join us to explore this question and what can be learned about consent from the BDSM and kink communities.
Week 5: Healthy Relationships - September 30 - October 6, 2019

*Limited free STI Testing at the Student Health Center this week – made possible by the Winnebago County Public Health Department! Make an appointment online through your Student Health Portal or call 920-424-2424*

Monday, September 30

  • Masculinity Monday – Machismo: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Women’s Center
    • Are you ready to challenge man box culture on campus? Join us for dialogue on how to create healthy masculinity on campus!
  • Navigating Spirituality and Sexuality: 6:00 – 7:30PM, Reeve 212A
    • Join us for a panel discussion on how spirituality has impacted our views on sex, how sexuality can be viewed positively in light of spirituality, and how we can combat feelings of shame.

Wednesday, October 2

  • Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!

Thursday, October 3 

  • Bystander Intervention Training: 10:00 – 11:00AM, Student Success Center 101
  • Run with the Cops: 5:00 – 9:30PM, UWO Police Station
    • Join officers from local law enforcement agencies for Run With The Cops. We will hit the lights and sirens all along the course for this fun-filled, community night run/walk. 5K run/walk course, 1K kids run.

Friday, October 4

  • The B.A.R. (Better at Reeve): 8:30-11:59 PM, Reeve Union
    • Not doing anything Friday night, then come on down to The B.A.R. (Better At Reeve)! Featuring crafts, a movie, late night food and much more. The free for students with a TitanCard

Saturday, October 5

  • Hands on Oshkosh: 8:30AM – 1:00PM, Reeve Ballroom
    • Join your fellow Titans for a morning of volunteer work in the Oshkosh community. Sign up as a group or as an individual. Transportation and an event shirt are provided.
Week 6: Alcohol & Consent - October 7 - 13, 2019

Monday, October 7

  • Bystander Intervention Training: 12:40 – 1:40PM, Sage 1234

Wednesday, October 9

  • Wear red to raise awareness about the Red Zone!
  • TLC: Tinder, Love, & Crime: 5:00 – 6:00PM, Reeve 212A
    • A panel of students and staff will share experiences gone wrong, as well as success stories. They will share tips for identifying red flags in online dating profiles and how to stay safe on the first date.
  • Minute to Win It: 6:00 – 8:00PM, Titan Underground
    • Think you have what it takes? Stop on by the Titan Underground and compete in a series of minute to win it games, it will only take a minute!

Thursday, October 10 

  • Study Abroad Fair: 12:00 – 4:00PM, Reeve Ballroom
    • Attend the Study Abroad Fair to learn all about your international and domestic travel opportunities at UWO. Students from all three campuses are eligible to participate. We offer short-term interim programs, semester programs, year-long programs, exchanges, intern and volunteer programs. Hear from faculty about their programs and talk to students who have already studied abroad.
Bonus Events
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)/Self-Defense Course 
    • The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)/Self-Defense Course is held every second 7-week term.
    • Email for more information.

Tuesday, October 29

  • UWO Take Back the Night: 5:00 -8:00PM, Reeve Ballroom
    • Take Back the Night is an annual event that provides attendees with the opportunity to take a stand against sexual & domestic violence in our community. This year, there will be two Take Back the Night events in Oshkosh: one focused on sexual & domestic violence in the community and one focused on sexual & domestic violence specific to campus. We recognize that there are both similarities and differences in how sexual violence is experienced in our community and on our campus.


Monday, November 4

  • Voices of Titan Men with Tiq Milan, 6:00-8:00 pm, Reeve Union Ballroom 
    • Masculinity is as performative as any other gender. It is fluid, expansive and belongs to anyone who embodies it. Tiq Milan is a transgender man who has experienced gender on many different points across the spectrum. These experiences have shaped his approach to creating his own masculinity and allowed him to interrogate the toxic notions that are attached to being a man in the world. In this presentation Tiq shares stories of his journey of becoming a man and what he’s learned about the masculine experience and binary gender. He also looks at how race intersects with how we define gender.
Evidence of a "Red Zone"

Sexual Violence May Occur at a Higher Rate at Certain Times of the Year

  • More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November.
  • Students are at an increased risk during the first few months of their first and second semesters in college.
Source: Campus Sexual Assault Study, 2007; Matthew Kimble, Andrada Neacsiu, et. Al, Risk of Unwanted Sex for College Women: Evidence for a Red Zone, Journal of American College Health (2008). 

*The Red Zone programming is a collaboration between American Indian Student Services, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, CALM, CARE, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Equal Opportunity, Equity, & Affirmative Action, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Human Resources, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Reach Counseling, Reeve Union Diversity & Inclusion Programs, Residence Life, Sisterhood, Student Achievement Services, Student Recreation and Wellness, Student Support Services, UMatter, University Police, Winnebago County Public Health Department, Women’s Advocacy Council, and Women’s Center.

For More Information Contact:

Title IX Coordinator
 Dempsey Hall 328
 (920) 424-1166
 Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.