SAAM 2021

Learning Together During SAAM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) when the University community learns together by engaging in education and dialogue aimed at eliminating sexual assault and violence. 

WEEK 5: SAAM Wrap Up (April 26 - April 30)

As we near the end of April, we are wrapping up our programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we have learned together and discussed resources, bystander intervention, consent, healthy relationships, and online safety. The work to address and prevent Title IX Sexual Harassment and sexual misconduct, however, is not confined to one month. We are always here for you.

The Title IX office, coordinator and deputies, as well as all of Duquesne's employees, are here if you need help. Please don't hesitate to visit Alicia Simpson, the Title IX Coordinator, in room 339 of the Union or reach out through email at or phone at 412.396.2560.

Remember that your voice has power: show support, correct misconceptions, share resources, and promote consent and healthy boundaries.

Resource Reminder

For Immediate Help:
• Off-Campus Emergencies Call: 911
• On-Campus Emergencies Call: 412.396.2677 (Duquesne University Police)
• Go directly to the closest hospital near you. UPMC Mercy Hospital is the closest to campus.

Confidential University Resources Include:
• Counseling Services: 412.396.6204
• Health Services: 412.396.1650
• Psychology Clinic: 412.396.6562
• Spiritan Campus Ministry: 412.396.6020

Office of Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention
• Report any violations to the University's Title IX Coordinator and Director of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, Alicia Simpson, at 412.396.2560 or or on the University's Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Anonymous Reporting Form.

SAAM Recap

WEEK 1: Resources & Reporting Options (March 29 - April 2)

WEEK 2: Bystander Intervention (April 5 - April 9)

Bystander intervention is recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interaction and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome. The term "bystander effect" refers to people being less likely to offer help when they are in a group than when they are alone. There are many possible reasons for this, including thinking that nothing is really wrong because no one else in the group seems concerned, or assuming that someone else will step in to offer help if there is a real problem.

WEEK 3: Consent (April 12 - April 16)

Consent: it's as simple as Tea.
Tea Consent video copyright ©2015 Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios

WEEK 4: Healthy Relationships and Online Safety (April 19 - April 23)

Helpful resources to aid in understanding the difference between a healthy or unhealthy relationship can be found at the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.

The Love is Respect organization provides many resources to prevent unhealthy relationships and also offers Social Networking Safety tips to be safer.

Other Campus Resources

Along with talking to the Title IX coordinator or deputies in the Office of Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention, you can also talk with:

Center for Student Wellbeing:  Counseling services will continue to offer services remotely: this includes checking phone messages and emails daily during office hours. Free and confidential counseling services are available to help students with a particular problem or issue, unusual stress, unmanageable feelings or other needs.  

DU CARES:  Teaches students basic information about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs, and offers various services relating to these matters.