During the 2015-2016 school year, Saginaw Valley State University decided to join its fellow colleges and universities in the fight to find the end to campus sexual assault. In doing so, SVSU looked to develop a strategy that would work best for our faculty, staff, and students.
At the start of Fall 2015, Dr. Mamie T. Thorns, the Title IX Coordinator, as well as others, looked for an online course that could deliver the information that best served everyone. Working with Workplace Answers, SVSU provided a course entitled Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence: Title IX VAWA and Clery Act for Faculty and Staff first for the faculty and staff in December of 2015. Since then, the University has had tremendous response to those full-time faculty and full- and part-time staff with over sixty-five percent who have completed it!
With this success, it was time to roll it out to the students. In April of the Winter 2016 semester, we introduced the course to students. Within the first week, we had over 500 students complete the course! As of July 21, 2016, twenty-three percent of the student body have taken the course, and that figure continues to grow weekly.
Dr. Thorns, the Office of Diversity Programs, and others committed to combating sexual assault respond to the community, both on and off campus. This is an issue that we take seriously. We want our campus climate to be the best all around, safe and free of sexual assault and sexual violence.