Creating a Climate of Respect Campuswide Collaborative on Sexual Misconduct

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to preventing sexual misconduct, responding when it occurs, and supporting any person who has been subjected to sexual misconduct. The collaborative is a campuswide coalition charged with the role of expanding efforts to improve education, training and policy development to address sexual misconduct.

Vision

We envision a university community that is free from sexual misconduct including sexual violence and harassment of any kind. We seek to improve and sustain a culture of health and wellness in relationships, and promote a commitment to the welfare of others, protection of rights, and support all fundamental fairness and due process.

Background

Nebraska has a long history of supporting anti-violence work on campus. Efforts go back to the establishment of the Women’s Center in 1971. PREVENT, a Recognized Student Organization, was established in 1998 to include a focus on sexual assault and relationship violence prevention and eventually advocacy. Campus events like Week Without Violence, Take Back the Night, and Not on My Campus were organized and sponsored through the Women’s Center.

The university took additional steps to address sexual and gender-based misconduct with the creation of the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) in 2019. CARE offers two full-time advocates, increasing the availability of support services and is providing ongoing, comprehensive prevention awareness programs for students. Additional efforts included:

  1. Developing the Use Your Voice initiative, an awareness campaign to promote resources, reporting and a supportive campus climate;
  2. Creating a dedicated sexual misconduct resource website;
  3. Implementing a new bystander intervention program; and
  4. Increased staffing in the Title IX office.