LVC Receives State Grant for Prevention of Sexual Violence

Humanities Building at Lebanon Valley College

Lebanon Valley College is one of more than 30 Pennsylvania colleges to receive an It’s On Us PA grant as part of a statewide campaign to protect students from sexual violence. LVC received $24,249 to be used in the upcoming year toward the project, Give Respect, Get Respect: Comprehensive Support for Preventing Sexual Violence at LVC. 

Through an integrated approach to education, support, and program management, the College staff intends to foster a campus environment that will broaden campus understanding of sexual assault/sexual violence, foster how and where to report sexual assault/violence, develop mechanisms for gaining support in dealing with sexual assault/violence, and create a data-driven system that informs all aspects of the campus program. 

“Our LVC team is grateful for this support to enhance our efforts related to sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination. This funding will enable us to broaden our campus educational initiatives, augment our training programs, and strengthen our support for students. These initiatives will significantly impact the LVC student experience,” said Dr. Bob Mikus, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Looking at education, LVC plans to deploy training to students using the myPlaybook Sexual Violence Prevention program, focusing on Consent. The Consent module takes a deeper dive into the topic of consent, helping students to identify the boundaries of consent and non-consent and to understand the variety of ways that different people communicate. The College will also continue its collaboration with the Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill counties that includes orientation programs related to sexual assault/sexual violence, and continue campus events like Take Back the Night and the Clothesline Project.

As part of the grant request, the College plans to host a high-profile speaker to address issues of sexual violence. 

To provide ongoing support and continued education for staff responders, LVC will develop an annual training program—guided and informed by our local health care and community partners—to ensure that all responders have a deep understanding of how best to support a student victim of sexual assault/sexual violence.

LVC will create a Coordinated Community Response Team of LVC stakeholders that collaborate to bring about necessary campus-wide structural change for students, faculty, and staff through an effective multidisciplinary trauma-informed response to gender-based violence. 

Finally, LVC will purchase software to provide data-driven program management, including tracking educational efforts and streamlining reporting. The ability to analyze data at a moment’s notice will enable LVC to identity trends, develop appropriate responses based on that analysis, and determine the efficacy of such responses.