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WPI is committed to creating a safe and healthy community free of sexual violence. We strive to go beyond federal guidelines to be a leader in sexual violence prevention and response. Any form of harassment or violence based on gender is in direct opposition to WPI’s educational mission and will not be tolerated. We encourage all community members to take a stand against sexual violence and recognize their role in fostering a supportive environment.

About the Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Committee

The Sexual Assault and Violence Education Committee (SAVE) committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students and meets regularly to discuss WPI’s culture, plan educational opportunities, and increase communication about sexual violence in order to maintain a safe and healthy campus environment.

Our Team

Our coordinated campus response team includes WPI Police, Dean of Students Office, Student Health Services, Student Development & Counseling Center, Residential Services, Student Activities, Women’s Programs, SPARC members, and representatives from various student organizations.

To participate, email Matt Barry or call 508-831-5540.

Students Preventing Assault and Rape in Our Community (SPARC)

This peer education program, open to students of all genders, 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. SPARC members are available to give presentations on topics including consent, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors of sexual violence. In conjunction with the Sexual Assault and Violence Education Committee, SPARC organizes an annual Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night event each spring. If you are interested in become involved, email SPARC. Learn more about SPARC.

Educational Programs

Understanding Sexual Assault

All incoming first-year students are expected to complete the Haven - Understanding Sexual Assault™ program by EverFi. This program relies on proven prevention theories and educational strategies to help students understand the many aspects of sexual violence. Its 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, and debunking myths associated with sexual assault.

Bystander Intervention Training

All first-year students also take part in Bringing in the Bystander®, an in-person by-stander intervention program based on the concept that all community members have a role to play in ending sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. The curriculum approaches both women and men as potential bystanders or witnesses to risky behaviors related to sexual and relationship violence and teaches prosocial ways to prevent or intervene in these forms of violence. The program was developed by researchers at the University of New Hampshire and has been modified by the Student Development & Counseling Center staff for the WPI community.

Safety While Traveling Training

The Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division and SDCC have collaborated to develop a sexual assault awareness and prevention program for all students prior to traveling abroad and domestically through the Global Projects Program. The program includes an educational video, travel safety tips, and information on how to respond in the event of an assault.

Project Ethos

The name Ethos comes from the ancient Greek word meaning character. Project Ethos, a six-week program for WPI men in fraternities, was designed in 2014 by students who identified a need to address the character of Greek life and the role fraternity men play in preventing sexual violence at WPI. The name reflects the foundational values of fraternity culture and the belief that promoting safety and support needs to be an essential characteristic of each WPI fraternity.

Additional Programs

RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE 

Campus police offers women the opportunity to participate in the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class for PE credit. The R.A.D. curriculum, used nationally, helps students identify risk and empowers students to act and intervene in safe ways. Learn more about the R.A.D. course.

CUSTOMIZABLE PROGRAMMING

If you are interested in sponsoring an event related to sexual violence prevention, we would like to hear from you. Contact the Student Development & Counseling Center to discuss the possibilities.