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Sexual Assault Prevention Initiatives

At Colgate, we are committed to eradicating sexual and gender-based violence and assault. We focus on prevention through education, training, planning, support, and fostering community dialogue.

Sexual Assault Resources

Colgate maintains extensive educational and support resources regarding gender-based violence and sexual assault.


Sexual Climate Survey

In March 2015, Colgate participated in the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium’s Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey.


Sexual Violence Prevention and Survivor Support Action Plan

ACTION PLANColgate's working plan outlines efforts underway with contributions from many members of our community.

Happening on Campus

Educational efforts
  • HEDS Climate Survey
  • National College Health Assessment
  • CORE Survey
  • Diverse Learning Experiences (DLE)
Training and student support
  • Agency response training (Deans on Call, EGP Members)
  • Victim support training (DoC Division)
  • Investigator training
  • NY6 deans Title IX in-service
  • The Network: Student sexual assault hotline volunteers
  • Link/CL/Wilderness Adventure training
  • One Love escalation workshops
  • Safe Zone trainings
Campus Policy and Regulation
  • Student of Concern Forms on Web
  • Annual Policy Overview in Orientation
  • Employee (Policy Mailing, All-Staff, Adm. Group)
  • EGP/Bias Brochures (student-revised)
  • Updated Handbook (domestic violence, stalking)
  • Faculty (meeting, orientation, dept. chairs)
  • Clery Reporting
  • No First-Years in fraternity and sorority houses
  • Update Students on Policies
  • NY State Enough is Enough updates
  • Cruiser cameras
  • Sexual Climate Advisory Committee (SCAC)
  • Sexual Climate Summit
  • SGA Positive Sexuality Liaison
  • EverFi Coalition/Consultation
  • Sexual Assault Prevention Educator

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Initiative Details

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a strategy to prevent violence including bullying, sexual harassment and assault, and intimate partner violence. Together, we call these behaviors "gender-based violence."

The training is a two-hour interactive program led by student facilitators. It includes videos, discussion of the definition of consent, examination of how Colgate can help student survivors of sexual assault and/or harassment, and an exploration of how to identify dangerous situations and intervene safely and effectively. 

Bystander Intervention is based on the understanding that people make decisions and continue behaviors based on the reactions they get from others. Colgate's program is based on a model from Duke University called PACT (Prevent, Act, Challenge, Teach).

Check the campus events calendar for upcoming trainings, or contact

Yes Means Yes

Yes Means Yes is a six-week positive sexuality seminar led by student, faculty, and staff facilitators. Created by a student in 2009, Yes Means Yes gives students the unique opportunity to gather with people from across campus to engage in honest discussion.

The seminar, which was recently highlighted by, covers topics of positive sexuality in an attempt to destigmatize and encourage conversation about sex, pleasure, a healthy sexual climate on campus, combating sexual violence, the way different identities interact with sex and sexuality, and more.

For more information, contact Yes Means Yes intern, Leah Robinson at

"This Is Not a Play About Sex"

Students rehearsing This is not a Play about Sex A play by Christina Liu ’13 includes frank discussion about sexuality, and has been performed on campus over several years.


Student-led Team: The Network

The Network is a sexual assault and domestic violence awareness group organized by the Max A. Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education. The group hosts weekly meetings that discuss upcoming events and current issues, and organizes annual events like Take Back The Night and Speak Out. The Network partners with Victims of Violence for Madison County where students are trained to answer a sexual assault and domestic abuse hotline. LEARN MORE

MASC (Masculinity And Sexual Climate)

A group committed to fostering a more positive and inclusive concept of gender norms and to proactively address gender-based violence and sexual assault. To get involved: Contact Shaw Wellness Institute.

White House's "It's On Us" Initiative