Guided by DePaul University's Catholic, Vincentian Mission, the Office of Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) and departments across the University offer a wide range of year-round services and programs to support survivors and provide education around sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, consent, healthy relationships and bystander intervention. Support and education is provided to the entire DePaul community - students, staff and faculty. The work is made possible through close collaborations between campus departments, student organizations, student leaders, students, community agencies and local law enforcement. Please see below for a representative list of programs and services offered at DePaul University.
Consent: Don't Make a Move Without It
The Consent: Don't Make a Move Without It initiative is aimed at reducing rates of sexual assault through highlighting healthy sexual relationships and the importance creating a culture of consent.
During Consent: Don't Make a Move Without It tabling events, students are provided with the opportunity to reflect on and share the ways they ask for consent in the moment. We believe that consent is not only mandatory but that communication can be sexy. So think about it, what do YOU do to get consent before making a move?
Confidential Survivor Support
Survivor Support Advocates within HPW provide confidential and holistic support to survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking. The Advocates provide the following:
- Emotional care and support
- Information about counseling, medical resources, Chicago Police and DePaul Public Safety Office reporting processes, legal advocacy, academic accommodations, DePaul's Student Conduct Process and safety planning
- Referrals and help with navigating appropriate on- and off-campus resources
Survivor Support Advocates, including the Sexual Health and Violence Prevention Specialist, can be reached at 773-325-7129 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Students may also drop-in Lincoln Park Student Center room 307 for support. Every effort is made to meet with students that drop-in, but immediate availability cannot be guaranteed.
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Working Group
Created in mid-2013 under the guidance of the Office of the General Counsel, this cross-functional working group includes faculty, staff and student representatives from HPW, Public Safety, Athletics, Human Resources, Dean of Students, Institutional Diversity and Equity, Compliance and Risk Management, Public Relations and Communications, Academic Affairs, Faculty Council, Staff Council, Student Government, etc. The Working Group reviews DePaul's efforts with respect to preventing and responding to sexual and relationship violence, reviews best practices, supports policy development and improvement, and assists with program development and implementation.
SLATE (Student Leaders Advocating Together for Empowerment)
SLATE was created in December 2014 with the aim of bringing together DePaul student organizations and student leaders passionate about sexual and relationship violence prevention and support. The group works towards the empowerment of survivors, bystanders, and the entire DePaul community. The Sexual Health & Violence Prevention Specialist holds monthly meetings with the group to discuss ideas, share information about upcoming programs, discuss concerns, and collaborate on implementing university-wide initiatives. SLATE includes student leaders from Athletics, Student Government, Greek Life, the Women's Center, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Feminist Front, Residential Life, the Peer Health Exchange, the Vagina Monologues, the Office of Multicultural Student Success, LGBTQA Student Services, and other students who have implemented sexual and relationship violence prevention and support programs at DePaul. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in becoming a member of SLATE.
New Student Orientation
All first year students and their parents participate in programming on sexual and relationship violence during orientation. This includes gaining an understanding of prevalence, definitions, policies, safety tips, available resources, consent and bystander intervention. All new student orientation folders also include a letter encouraging dialogue between family members and students about making responsible choices and the importance of seeking clear consent. Family members are provided talking points to initiate discussion with their students to help them gain clarity around what clear consent should look like prior to any sexual contact. If you have any comments or feedback please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago Quarter Curriculum
As part of their Chicago Quarter courses (Discover and Explore Chicago), all first year students are required to participate in a Common Hour, which includes curriculum on sexual violence, consent and bystander intervention. If you have any comments or feedback, please contact us at email@example.com.
Online Educational Module
Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault, is an online educational module created by EverFi to address sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking and bystander intervention. All incoming students are expected to take this online module as part of their Discover or Explore Chicago curriculum.
University-wide Workshops for Students, Staff and Faculty
Workshops ranging from 45 minutes to 2 hours are presented to small and large groups of students, staff or faculty. They cover a range of topics related to sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, consent, healthy relationships, bystander intervention (more details below), how to support a survivor, reporting protocols, safer sex, etc. Workshops can be tailored to meet the particular needs of the audience. To request a workshop, please click here.
Year-round events around issues related to sexual health and violence prevention are implemented in close collaboration with numerous on- and off-campus partners. Events are participatory in nature and are offered on both campuses, including in residence halls. Some of our annual, university-wide signature events include Sexual Assault Awareness Month (more details below), One Billion Rising, and the DePaul Annual Linen Drive to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you are interested in collaborating with HPW to host an event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
The month of April is designated as SAAM in the U.S. in order to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on prevention efforts. HPW organizes and coordinates educational and awareness-building events for the DePaul community in collaboration with numerous campus departments, student organizations, student leaders, and community agencies.
SAAM programs include training sessions, spoken word events, panel discussions, healing yoga, self-defense classes, bystander intervention workshops, film screenings and art installations. They help to build understanding on the prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses, consent, rape culture, healthy relationships, safety tips, resources available on- and off-campus, as well as how to effectively respond to and support a survivor. The entire DePaul community is invited to attend any of the month's programs – students, staff and faculty.
If you would like to bring an event to SAAM, please contact us at email@example.com.
Employee and Student Leader Trainings
Groups such as Public Safety officers, Residential Education staff, Dean of Students Office staff, University Conduct Board members and Advisors, and campus-wide student leaders and athletes receive yearly trainings on sexual violence, consent, relationship violence, stalking, bystander intervention, how to support survivors, reporting protocol, on- and off-campus resources and DePaul's policies and expectations.
YWCA Certificate Training for Staff and Faculty
Since 2012, HPW has helped coordinate the 40-hour YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Certificate Training program at DePaul. This certificate program includes education about survivor care, counseling skills, debunking rape mythology, rape culture, rape trauma syndrome, hospital procedures for completing a rape kit, police and legal procedures for responding to sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, child sexual abuse, elder and people with disabilities abuse and sexual violence in the LGBTQ community. Participants who complete this program are Certified Rape Crisis Workers as designated by ICASA (Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault).
The aim of this initiative is to better equip DePaul staff and faculty, particularly those who most often come in contact with students affected by sexual or relationship violence, to provide support and help address sexual and relationship violence at DePaul. Participants are encouraged to share their learning within their departments and collaborate on programming around these issues.
If you are a staff or faculty member who would like to participate in the next 40-hour YWCA training, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual General Compliance Training for Staff and Faculty
In 2014, the Office of Institutional Compliance partnered with HPW to add a module on sexual and relationship violence prevention, survivor support, and bystander intervention into the annual General Compliance Training, which is a training required of all DePaul employees.
Campus Recreation offers IMPACT Self Defense programs every month and, upon request, to students, staff, and faculty. The 90-minute program provides participants with an opportunity to learn and practice prevention, assessment, verbal boundary setting, and physical self-defense skills in simulated scenarios. For more information, please visit https://campusrec.depaul.edu/pgmserv/instruction/Pages/SafetyTraining.aspx.
Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS)
Involving the community to fight crime has formally been part of the Chicago Police Department's approach since 1993. Representatives from DePaul regularly participate in CAPS meetings where local law enforcement, bar owners and other community agencies come together to solve neighborhood crime problems. This includes discussions related to sexual and relationship violence prevention and response.