Having clear expectations in the Student Code of Conduct and clear and consistent processes for responding to potential violations of these expectations are essential components of fostering a community that will tolerate sexual violence in any form. BGSU has this language in its Student Code of Conduct and employs student conduct processes that respond to any violation of that code, including sexual misconduct.
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This online program was required of all incoming first-year students. In addition to addressing alcohol related issues, a key component of this educational program was to provide incoming students with information about sexual misconduct and healthy relationships. This program teaches potential aggressors that sexual assault is unacceptable and shows students and bystanders how to deal with dangerous situations. The program also outlines the warning signs of unhealthy relationships so that students can recognize them and get help when they or one of their friends need it.
2,331 students (76.2 of incoming students) completed the online training. Data collected from this program indicate the following:
- 40% of men and 49% of women report that they know someone who has been sexually assaulted
- 9% of men and 23% of women reported that they had been afraid a partner might abuse them physically or emotionally
- 10% of men agreed with the following statement: “If a woman has been flirting with a man all night, she owes him something physical at the end of the night.”
- 93.6% of students reported that the course gave them a fuller understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like
- 98.7% of students reported that after completing the course they feel confident that they will be able to recognize attitudes condoning sexual violence.
Becoming a peer educator is a great way to get involved on campus, strengthen public speaking skills with presentations, and make new friends. It gives students the opportunity to learn from other students as well. A class is offered to those interested in peer education. Read below to learn how to be a peer educator and become a role model for fellow peers.
Peer Education Intensive Training
Are you interested in health and wellness topics, like nutrition, fitness and safer sex? Want to become a peer educator but don't have time to fit the HHS 4400 class into your schedule? By completing the peer education intensive weekend training held in January, you can become a peer educator in one weekend long training session. A registration form is required to participate.
The peer education program strives to promote all aspects of wellness by raising awareness and knowledge about healthier living through outreach and role modeling. The primary goal is to develop fun, interactive and educational programs that reach the entire BGSU community.
Peer educators present on various wellness topics, including nutrition, body image, alcohol and other drugs and sexual health. Become a member and find out what peer education is about!
How to Become a Peer Educator
- After successfully completing HHS 4400 (a 2-credit hour class offered both Fall and Spring semesters), students may become peer educators.
- While students are peer educators, they are required to attend a 1-hour meeting each week and complete a 1-hour office hour each week in the Wellness Connection.
Contact Faith DeNardo at email@example.com for more information.