Salt Lake Community College students can take part in a new program to better protect themselves on campus.
SLCC has joined with EverFi to offer Haven, an informative research program which helps students learn skills and tactics in the prevention and understanding of sexual assault.
“Students have come in with positive feedback in response to the program,” says Haven administrator and Title XI & Discrimination manager Kenneth Stonebrook. “It really is applicable information for any student.”
Haven is used by several other Utah higher education institutions, which are required by federal law to offer an online prevention program to students, according to Stonebrook.
Numerous topics are discussed throughout the program, including sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Haven also explains ways to point out red flags for situations of abuse.
The hope is that students who sign up for Haven will become more aware and give closure to anyone who may have been affected by sexual assault.
Haven offers a confidential and personalized learning experience for each individual student. Video lessons and hands-on demonstrations illustrate the dangers of sexual assault.
“We value every student at SLCC,” says Stonebrook. “The Haven program provides information that helps create a safer campus community by educating students about important, real-life issues.
“Students who participate in this program will be better equipped to look out for and identify opportunities to help their fellow SLCC students, and create a campus community where each member is free to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.”
This fall marks the first time Haven is in use at SLCC.
According to Stonebrook, 966 SLCC students have accessed Haven and 518 have completed the first portion of the program.
The Haven program consists of two sections.
Part one provides a more detailed, interactive experience, while part two is a brief follow-up to part one and focuses more on the bystander prevention of sexual abuse.
Once students finish the first part of the program, they will receive an email after 30 days which provides access to the second part.
Stonebrook says 125 students have already completed both parts of the program.
“We are making every effort that we can to encourage students to participate,” adds Stonebrook. “It is never a bad thing to have a program that helps educate students about these issues.”
18- to 24-year-olds experience the highest rates of stalking, which puts many college students at risk. Completing the Haven program can help SLCC students become more aware of the dangers and assist their peers.