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.
Think About It
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 Think About It online course. The program focuses on drugs, alcohol, sexual violence, and bystander intervention.
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, Alcohol, and Drug Education and the Office of Victim Services collaborate on 45-minute presentations to residence halls, student organizations, and classrooms. Topics include sexual assault prevention, partying smart, and how to communicate consent.
Party Smart BSU
The Office of Health, Alcohol, and Drug Education coordinates Party Smart BSU, an alcohol education and awareness campaign to help Ball State students party responsibly without endangering themselves or anyone else. Two hundred Party Smart kits are handed out at the Activities Fair and the Homecoming bed races in the fall semester. Students earn the Party Smart kits by correctly answering at least three questions related to alcohol use and partying smart
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, Alcohol, and Drug Education; Student Rights and Community Standards; Counseling Center; Greek Life; and Housing and Residence Life traditionally collaborate to plan awareness activities and educational programming.
Step In. Speak Up.
This campus-wide campaign 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 Greek Academy, 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.
Battle of the Sexes
This new and interactive program pits males against females in an entertaining competition to see who knows more about the opposite sex’s health. Prizes, if desired, are the responsibility of the program requestor. This is a great program for mixed gender groups.
Sexual Assault Discussion Panel
Attend this panel of experts from the Muncie and BSU community that will answer anonymous questions regarding sexual assault, consent, Title IX, and resources available to students.
Programs continued from the fall semester include:
- Think About It
- 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, in collaboration with the Sexual Threat Oppression Prevention (STOP) outreach team from the Counseling Center, 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.