Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention
WPI is committed to creating a safe and healthy community. The goal of our Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention program is to prevent and respond to assaults by providing educational and peer-to-peer programs, counseling, and support resources, to increase awareness and prevent these crimes in the WPI community.
SAVE (Sexual Assault & Violence Education) Committee
This committee of staff and students discuss WPI’s culture, plan educational opportunities, and increase communication about assault to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment. Our coordinated campus response team includes WPI Police, the Dean of Students office, Student Health Services, the Student Development & Counseling Center, Residential Services, Student Activities, women’s programs, and SPARC members. Click to view our mission and vision statement. To participate, email Associate Director of Counseling Erica Tolles, or call +1-508-831-5540.
SPARC (Students Preventing Assault & Rape in our Community)
This peer education program, made up of both female and male students, promotes greater awareness about the dynamics of sexual assault, provides information and resources to survivors of assault, and aids in the prevention of relationship violence on the WPI campus. If you’re interested in joining, email SPARC.
Online Education: Haven
All incoming first year students are expected to complete EverFi’s Haven program. Haven relies on proven prevention theories and educational strategies to help students understand the many aspects of sexual assaults. The program's primary focus is to educate students about relationships and decision-making, including: ethics of relationships, alcohol’s effect on relationships, the ability to give consent, important definitions and debunking myths associated with sexual assault.
Bystander Intervention Training
All first year students take part in bystander intervention training. Bringing in the Bystander® is an in-person prevention program that is based on the concept that all community members have a role to play in ending sexual and relationship violence and stalking before, during and after incidents occur. The curriculum approaches both women and men as potential bystanders or witnesses to risky behaviors related to sexual and relationship violence and stalking around them and teaches prosocial (positive, appropriate and safe) ways to prevent or intervene in these forms of violence. The program was developed, administered and evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of New Hampshire. The UNH program has been modified by SDCC staff especially for the WPI community.
Department of Justice Grant
WPI is a recipient of a grant from the Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. Awarded to four colleges in the Consortium—Clark, Assumption, Holy Cross, and WPI—the grant encourages comprehensive, coordinated response to these crimes. Read about the grant.
Since 2006, New Student Orientation has included sessions on sexual assault education. Since 2010, SAVE and SPARC have partnered to plan the combined Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night event each spring, with its mission to end sexual violence and empower survivors. Learn more about events…
Sexual Assault & Safety for Students Traveling
The Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division and SDCC have collaborated to develop a sexual assault prevention program for all students prior to travel (abroad and domestic), offered through the Global Perspective Program. Included are an educational video, travel safety tips, and information on how to respond if an assault happens.
SDCC Counselors are available for survivors of dating violence, sexual assault, rape, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, or stalking. We focus on reestablishing a sense of safety, processing events, coping with trauma-related symptoms, restoring a sense of control—empowering and supporting survivors through any actions they may decide to take, since they are the experts on their own experiences, needs, and choices. Healing is possible, and we’re here for you through that journey.
If you’re concerned about a friend who has been sexually assaulted or raped, SDCC staff is available to help you. Counselors may also discuss how others’ abuse affects you and what you can do to support a friend.
Email Associate Director of Counseling Erica Tolles, or call +1-508-831-5540.