CSB/SJU Receive Sexual Assault Prevention Grant

November 5, 2019

This fall, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women (OVW). The grant is part of the Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking (SADVDVS) Campus Grant Program, which seeks to enhance the prevention of, awareness of and response to SADVDVS on our campuses.

The Campus Program was created by Congress in recognition of the unique issues and challenges that colleges and universities face in preventing and responding to SADVDVS. The program encourages a comprehensive, coordinated, community approach that enhances campus safety, provides services for survivors and supports efforts to hold offenders accountable.

In order to facilitate that coordinated community response, CSB/SJU’s external partners in this grant process will be the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center (CMSAC), the City of St. Joseph Police Department and the Stearns County Sherriff’s Office.

This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for CSB/SJU and our partners. While each organization already has a number of thoughtfully created programs and policies in place, this grant is an opportunity to enhance trauma-informed training.

The primary intended activities for this grant are to …

  1. Provide on- and off-campus survivor services and advocacy.
  2. Develop culturally relevant, population-specific SADVDVS education for traditionally underserved populations on campus.
  3. Establish a coordinated community response.
  4. Enhance our mandatory prevention and education programs about SADVDVS for all incoming students.
  5. Review existing campus policies and procedures.
  6. Enhance existing training and implement new, ongoing training for faculty, staff and students.
  7. Enhance ongoing training for Sexual Misconduct Adjudication Panel members, CSB Campus Security and SJU Life Safety.
  8. Attend all OVW-mandated training and technical assistance programs.

During this first year (which will serve as a planning year), CSB/SJU will be assembling a cross-functional team that will consider how we can align ourselves to best address those eight activities.

As part of this grant, CSB/SJU will be hiring a full-time project coordinator. This position will report to Mike Ewing, director of counseling and health promotion. Watch for further information on this and upcoming training opportunities.

As a reminder, if you have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, help and resources are available to you right now. For confidential support and reporting, contact Counseling Services at CSB or SJU or reach out to the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center. Additional resources and the colleges’ Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure are also available online.