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Addressing Sexual Misconduct The Butler Way

Prevention and Education

At Butler University, we believe that the prevention of sexual misconduct is everyone’s responsibility. All new students who enroll at Butler are asked to complete the Think About It course prior to the start of their first semester, which ensures all community members have the chance to explore the critical issue of consent, the role bystanders can play to shape a culture that does not support sexual misconduct, and the specifics of campus policy. Ongoing educational efforts including campaigns, workshops and events are coordinated within student organizations, residential communities, and the general student body throughout the year by various departments on campus.

Staff from the Office of Health Education and Outreach Programs in partnership with the University Title IX Coordinator convene a working group of faculty, staff and students that meets on an ongoing basis to discuss evidence informed practices, review current prevention and education offerings and identify opportunities for cross-campus collaboration. 

Examples of some of Butler’s sexual misconduct prevention offerings include:

  • Bystander intervention skills training for all incoming students utilizing the C.A.R.E. model.
  • Annual training for Resident Assistants and Greek Educators, Advocates, and Resources on recognizing behaviors consistent with perpetration of sexual misconduct and dating abuse, providing resources and support for survivors and the impact of trauma.
  • Annual training for student athletes, coaches and athletic administrators on recognizing warning signs of sexual misconduct and dating abuse and the impact of trauma.
  • Annual training for fraternity and sorority leaders to understand, prevent and respond to sexual violence.
  • Ongoing delivery of peer-facilitated workshops to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse provided through students affiliated with the Office of Health Education & Outreach Programs.
  • Annual commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), Healthy Relationships Month (February) and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April) with a robust offering of related events, workshops.

Butler University is an active member of the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault Campus Consortium and has committed to a rigorous strategic planning cycle to assess and evolve sexual violence prevention and response efforts informed by research. Learn more about the ICESA Campus Consortium

For more information about sexual violence prevention and education at Butler University please contact the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Specialist.