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Ongoing Prevention and Education

The information below was compiled from the 2015 MSU Denver Annual Security Report as it pertains to MSU Denver's ongoing education, training, outreach, and awareness programming related sexual misconduct.

(For additional information regarding Campus Crime Reports, please contact the MSU Denver Dean of Students Office at 303-615-0220).

MSU Denver strictly prohibits acts involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and these acts are addressed within the MSU Denver Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures as noted in the Student Code of Conduct (located in the University Catalog).

Below are different types of education and outreach efforts conducted by MSU Denver:

Awareness Programs: Are community-wide or audience-specific programming, initiatives, and strategies that increase audience knowledge and share information and resources to prevent violence, promote safety, and reduce perpetration.

Bystander Intervention: Is safe and positive option that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; includes recognition of situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene.

Ongoing Prevention and Awareness Campaigns: Are programming, initiatives, and strategies that are sustained over time and focus on increasing understanding of topics relevant to and skills for addressing dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, using a range of strategies with audiences throughout the institution.

Primary Prevention: Are programming, initiatives, and strategies informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness, or outcome that are intended to stop dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking before they occur through the promotion of positive and healthy behaviors that foster healthy, mutually respectful relationships and sexuality, encourage safe bystander intervention, and seek to change behavior and social norms in healthy and safe directions.

Risk Reduction: Is options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction, and to increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety and to help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence.

The Office of Equal Opportunity oversees MSU Denver's Campus Climate Survey. For additional information regarding the findings of past MSU Denver Campus Climate Surveys, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity.


As part of the University’s commitment to providing an environment free of interpersonal violence, the Dean of Students Office, a part of Student Engagement and Wellness, is providing all MSU Denver students, faculty and staff access to “Roadrunners United: Interpersonal Violence Prevention Training” on Blackboard. Created by the Phoenix Center of Auraria with support from the Office of Equal Opportunity, the online training provides information about interpersonal violence, consent, bystander intervention, resources and policy. We hope that all students will participate in this training because we are all responsible for creating a campus where interpersonal violence is unacceptable.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)  requires Universities to make prevention training available to students as well as to include information about reports of domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence that have occurred on or adjacent to campus in the Annual Security Report. The Clery Act requires the University to disclose information regarding crimes in certain categories that occur near or on the campus, which are published annually in the Campus Security Report. Roadrunners United responds to students expressed desire for more training on interpersonal violence and assists MSU Denver in being compliant with VAWA and the Clery Act. For more information regarding VAWA and Clery Act visit: www.msudenver.edu/deanofstudents/safety/compliance/.

While participating in Roadrunners United, students will be able to learn about forms of interpersonal violence including: relationship violence, stalking, and sexual assault. The training defines affirmative consent so students will complete the training knowing what constitutes consent and how to obtain consent. After participating in Roadrunners United, students will also be able to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships as well as recognize red flags in relationships. In addition, students will be introduced to different bystander intervention strategies and how to respond if a friend or loved one discloses interpersonal violence. For more information on alcohol use and sexual misconduct, MSU Denver’s response to allegations of sexual misconduct regarding student respondents (the alleged party), and bystander intervention, visit the Dean of Students Sexual Misconduct webpage.

While participating in the final module, students will become familiar with resources available on campus to those who have experienced interpersonal violence as well as how to report to MSU Denver.  The Phoenix Center at Auraria is an important resource that is available to all students, staff, and faculty who have concerns or are experiencing interpersonal violence. They have a free and confidential 24/7 helpline (303) 556-CALL (2255) as well as in-office appointments providing crisis intervention and advocacy services.

After completion of Roadrunners United, students will:

  • Know the definition of consent;
  • Be able to recognize signs of interpersonal violence;
  • Feel equipped to safely intervene as a bystander;
  • Be familiar with on and off campus resources;
  • Differentiate between healthy and unhealthy relationships; and,
  • Know how to help a friend who discloses interpersonal violence

New Employee Orientation – (Occurs monthly):
Presentations include information on campus safety and crime, how to file a report, and resources available on campus related to support and education on sexual misconduct issues such as sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

Faculty/Staff Presentations – (Available upon request):
Face-to-face workshops that provide information on campus safety and crime, the Student Code of Conduct, how to file a report, and resources available on campus related to support and education on sexual misconduct issues such as sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

New Student Employee Handbook:
Upon hire, provided to new student employees and includes information on their mandatory reporter status related to sexual misconduct issues, how to file a report, and provides on-campus resources for confidential support.

New Employee Professional Handbook:
Upon hire, provided to each new employee and includes information on their mandatory reporter status related to sexual misconduct issues, how to file a report, and provides on-campus resources for confidential support.

New Student Orientation – (Occurs druing Summer):
Outreach tabling events aimed at providing new, incoming students with information on campus safety and crime, how to file a report, and resources available on campus related to support and education on sexual misconduct issues such as sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

New Transfer Student Orientation – (Online):
Required orientation for transfer students provides directions for reporting sexual misconduct, resources for confidential on-campus support, and resources for education on sexual misconduct issues such as sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

New Student Orientation Manual:
Provided to each incoming student and contains list of support services and how to file a report regarding issues related to sexual misconduct.

New Employee Orientation:
Presentations include information on campus safety and crime, how to file a report, and resources available on campus related to support and education on sexual misconduct issues such as sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

Student Health 101 eZine:
Articles providing information, support, and resources on student health and well-being that include information related to sexual misconduct issues.

Faculty/Staff Presentations – (Available upon request):
Face-to-face workshops that provide information on campus safety and crime, the Student Code of Conduct, how to file a report, and resources available on campus related to support and education on sexual misconduct issues such as sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence.

(em)Power Play – (Fall Welcome Week, August):
A public awareness event on-campus aimed at providing information on health relationships and consent.

Bystander Intervention Workshops – (Fall and Spring Semester):
An interactive workshop open to students, staff, and faculty that provides safe and positive intervention options to bystanders related to sexual misconduct.

Breaking Silence: Stories of Survival – (October):
An interactive, multi-media event aimed at raising awareness of sexual assault, abuse, and dating and domestic violence through sharing stories and real-life experiences.

Love.Sex.Lies – (October):
An event open to students, staff, and faculty aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence and includes screening for domestic violence.

Clothesline Project – (Spring Semester – March/April):
A month-long event open to students, staff, and faculty aimed at raising awareness of sexual assault.

Transgender Day of Visibility –(March):
An event promoted through the campus LGBT services office open to students, staff, and faculty aimed at educating the community on gender identity.

Sex Assault Awareness Month – (April Speaker Series):
Annual event in April that brings in nationally-known speaker to address issues related to sexual misconduct and specifically sexual assault.

Take Back the Day march – (April):
An event open to students, staff, and faculty to come together and voice protest against violence related to sexual misconduct.

Red Flag Campaign – (Fall Fest, September):
A public awareness event on-campus aimed at raising awareness of dating and domestic violence.

Sex, Media, and Violence – (Fall and Spring Semester):
An interactive workshop open to students, staff, and faculty that promotes education and discussion on the influence of the media on beliefs and attitudes related to sexual violence.

Healthy Relationships – (Fall and Spring Semester):
An interactive workshop open to students, staff, and faculty that provides education and opportunity for discussion around what healthy relationships look like and risk factors associated with unhealthy relationships.

Whiskey Business – (October):
An event promoted through the campus health center aimed at raising awareness of alcohol abuse and risks associated with using alcohol.

Safe Spring Break – (March):
An event promoted through the campus health center aimed at providing information and raising awareness of the risks associated with using tobacco and alcohol as well as providing safe sex information.

News@MSU Publication – (Fall/Spring):
Campus-wide publication for staff and faculty that provides information related to sexual misconduct on how to report, confidential resources, and mandatory reporter status.

Denim Day – (April):
An event aimed at raising awareness of myths and attitudes regarding sexual misconduct.

Roadrunners United: Interpersonal Violence Prevention Training:
An online module open to students, faculty,and staff to provide information about interpersonal violence and covers issues such as sexual harassment and assault, stalking, consent, and bystander intervention.

Bi/PanFluid Awareness Day-(September):
Program centered around raising awareness and to learn more about Non-Monosexual identities.

Stop Assault FAST:
Scenario based self-defense workshop will leave participants with the ability to recognize the warning signs of an attack, use assertive body language, and the power of your voice to avoid to physical altercation. And if necessary, protect yourself with simple and effective techniques that anyone can use

National Coming Out Day-(October):
The annual celebration of those who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or as an ally.

Transgender Day of Remembrance-(Fall Semester):
Program centered on memorializing those individuals who were harmed or killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudiced.

Take a Shot at Being Safe:
Take a shot at being safe by learning how to prevent alcohol misuse. Engage in activities to learn about safer drinking strategies, breaking the myths on college student drinking, and being responsible!