For many years now, the University has provided professional counseling services and psychotherapeutic treatment to all students, including students impacted by sexual harassment, at no charge.
Xavier has taken a variety of proactive steps over the years to assist in the prevention, response and awareness of sexual harassment.
- In 2003, Xavier established the Advocate program to provide assistance to those interested in privately discussing issues around sexual harassment.
- In 2006, the Harassment Code and Accountability Procedures were established.
- In the summer of 2008, Xavier Students Against Sexual Assault (XSASA) was formed. This student group empowers students, faculty and staff to prevent rape and sexual assault.
- Starting in 2009, all first year students have been required to attend a workshop on the “hook-up” culture. The purpose of this event is to offer first year students a dose of reality about casual sexual relations and invite them into a conversation about discerning what they really desire in regard to sexuality and relationships during college.
- In 2009 and 2011, the Women’s Center hosted a conference on Gender-Based Violence.
- Additionally, Xavier’s Women’s Center partnered with the Green Dot program. The purpose of this program is to implement a strategy for preventing violence that consistently, measurably reduces power-based personal aggression, including sexual assault.
- Recently, Xavier also enhanced a wellness program aimed at changing students’ knowledge, attitudes and behavioral intentions regarding alcohol and other drug consumption, which often play a role in incidents of sexual harassment.
- In 2010, an ad hoc committee reviewed the Xavier Student Handbook with respect to sexual harassment, and developed a set of relevant definitions and benchmark sanctions to be used when there is a finding of responsibility. These changes were incorporated into the Student Handbook in August 2010.