National Campus Safety Awareness Month on the University of Central Arkansas campus returns for a fifth year as the university is mandating for the first time that students take online sexual assault training.
The online program, Haven, is in compliance with national standards passed by the federal government in 2013 as part of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, an amendment to the Jeanne Clery Act.
Students are required to complete the course in two phases – one by Oct. 1 and the other by Dec. 1.
Haven introduces students, as well as faculty and staff required to take the course, to online content that educates them on healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse.
Arch Jones, UCA Police Department director of community services, said the beginning of the school year is the best time to reach students and educate them on which safety approaches to take while on campus.
"We’ve ramped up sexual assault awareness," Jones said. "It’s a very prevalent issue on college campuses."
The number of sexual assault reports on UCA’s campus doubled from three in 2011 to six in 2012, according to UCAPD’s campus crime report data released in 2013 as part of the Clery Act.
Data from 2013 will be released by the end of this month.
Each week during Campus Safety Awareness Month spotlights a different awareness theme, emphasizing key issues on campus that draw the most concern: drugs and alcohol, hazing prevention, theft prevention and personal safety and sexual assault.
Campus Safety Awareness Month kicks off this week with Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week. Members of the UCA community will participate in activities to simulate intoxication at the 80 Proof Extravaganza on Wednesday. UCA’s Student Government Association will provide vision impairment goggles to students during a pedal cart course around Alumni Circle on campus, simulating the lack of clear judgment after drinking alcohol.
"Campus safety is everyone’s business and we depend on each and every member of the campus community to take an active role in keeping our campus, and each other, safe," UCA Police Chief Larry James said in a university press release.
Campus Safety Awareness Month also brings the return of Brake for Bears, a campus-wide event in which student volunteers wear neon colors at intersections to enforce crosswalk safety on busy roads such as Donaghey Avenue and Bruce Street.
"He Said/She Said" is a new event this year during Sexual Assault Awareness Week that provides an outlet for the UCA community to hear a factual story from a sexual assault survivor.
Attendees will seek input from the audience as to what they believe constitutes sexual assault.
UCAPD is partnering with student organizations, university offices, the UCA Counseling Center and UCA Athletics for Campus Safety Awareness Month events.
For more information about Campus Safety Awareness Month, visit ucapd.com.
Below are some of the highlights from this year’s Campus Safety Awareness Month:
DRUG AND ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK
Wednesday, Sept. 3
•80 Proof Extravaganza – Noon-2 p.m. at UCA’s Alumni Circle
HAZING PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK
Thursday, Sept. 11
•Don’t Haze Me Bro Awareness Walk – 1:40 p.m.-2:30 p.m. on the UCA football practice field
•"Haze" Documentary Showing – 7-8:30 p.m. at the UCA College of Business Auditorium
THEFT PREVENTION AND PERSONAL SAFETY WEEK
Tuesday, Sept. 16
•Operation ID, Smart 911, Active Shooter Video – 1:40-2:30 p.m. at the College of Business Auditorium
Wednesday, Sept. 17
•Brake for Bears – 8 a.m.-Noon across UCA’s campus
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS WEEK
Tuesday, Sept. 23
•Clothes Line Project – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the amphitheater in front of UCA’s Student Center
Wednesday, Sept. 24
•"He Said/She Said" – 6-7 p.m. in UCA’s Ida Waldran Auditorium
Thursday, Sept. 25
•"Stand Up and Speak Out" video – 1:40-2:30 p.m. in UCA’s Student Health Center room 307
•Self-Defense Class – 7- 8 p.m. in UCA’s Student Center room 205A
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