All freshman students are mandated to attend an initial educational program regarding sexual assault during their orientation period. This program is facilitated by Team Chaos, a peer education program. Resident Assistants and Team CHAOS members provide periodic programming on the topic of sexual assault to their floors and residence halls. Contact the Office of Residence Life for more information.
All students and community members play a role in preventing sexual and relationship violence. Click here to view a short video on what role you can play to help your friends and fellow students from becoming victims of violence.
A student led initiative that provides healthy relationship education and promotes a by-stander intervention model: if you see a red flag, say something. Look for opportunities to take the pledge with the Red Flag campaign against sexual assault. Spartan Speed Dating/Friending is offered each semester to provide an opportunity to create healthy relationships. Request a workshop on healthy relationships for your floor, club or organization.
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Year Round Programs
The UT Greek Community as well as other campus organizations host programs throughout the year aimed at educating their members and the campus community on the issue of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. Contact the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement for more information.
New Electronic Resources
There are many great safety applications for smartphones available for students. Click here for a recent Web article noting six of the top apps available for download.
A recent White House challenge, led by Vice President Joe Biden, has fielded two winners for "Apps Against Abuse." These two phone apps are designed to increase awareness of personal safety and to get assistance for potential and actual victims quickly using their own network of friends, roommates and campus resources. More information is also available in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.