Ball State offers ongoing educational outreach programs as well as events throughout the year that address sexual responsibility and sexual assault, among other health and safety issues.

Summer

EduRisk

All students need to know the realities of college life, including situations that put them at risk of harm. That's why we require all new students to complete the EduRisk online course. The program focuses on drugs, alcohol, sexual violence, and bystander intervention.

Fall Semester

The Red Zone

The Red Zone takes place in the first six weeks of the fall semester, which is marked by an especially high incidence of sexual assaults on college campuses. The Office of Health Promotion and Advocacy and the Office of Victim Services collaborate on a presentation to residence halls, student organizations, and classrooms. Topics include sexual assault prevention, partying smart, and how to communicate consent.

Alcohol Awareness Week

This national awareness campaign takes place at Ball State the second or third full week of October, depending on fall break. The Office of Health Promotion and Advocacy; Student Conduct; Counseling Center; Fraternity and Sorority Life; and Housing and Residence Life traditionally collaborate to plan awareness activities and educational programming.

Step In. Speak Up.

This campus-wide mobile initiative raises awareness and provides information about sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, as well as the range of emergency and support resources and programming at Ball State. The program also introduces Ball State’s policies on sexual misconduct, alcohol, and other drugs. Events are held on campus and a mobile app is available as a resource for definitions; guidance about what to do if you experience sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking; reporting options; and more.

Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) Class

Ball State offers Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD), a free class that teaches self-defense techniques for women. Nationally certified Ball State police officers teach this class, which focuses on awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, as well as the basics of hands-on defense training. For more information, contact University Police Sgt. Kent Kurtz.

Greek Life Risk Management Training

The Office of Student Life hosts two mandatory risk management presentations each fall and spring semester for Fraternity/Sorority Executive Boards. Training is provided on the University “Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment Policy” and the “Definition of Consent.” New Greek organization members are required to attend Community Introduction Program, in their first semester, where they participate in sessions on alcohol abuse and sexual assault prevention. Additionally, sexual assault prevention programs are sponsored each fall and spring semester by Greek organizations.

Housing and Residence Life

Every residence hall provides programming each fall and spring semester on sexual assault prevention. Programs such as "Red Zone" and "Bystander Education" are well attended and popular among students.

    Spring Semester

    Programs continued from the fall semester include:

    • EduRisk
    • Step In. Speak Up.
    • Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) classes
    • Greek Life Risk Management Training
    • Housing and Residence Life

    Spring Break Safety Week

    The Office of Health, Alcohol, and Drug Education and Peer Health Educators coordinate this annual event during the spring semester.

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    The Office of Victim Services offers a number of programs during the month of April, in honor of the national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SAAM is observed annually during the spring semester and provides a number of campus-wide programs focused on raising awareness, prevention, healing, and engaging the community in the sexual violence prevention movement.

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