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.
Over the next 5 weeks of SAAM, a different topic will be highlighted each week with important resources and planned in-person and online programming.
WEEK 3: Consent (April 12 - April 16)
Monday, April 12, 7 p.m.; "When We Stand Up," Virtual Program Sponsored by Juniata College. Anna Nasset of Stand Up Resources will deliver her powerful program "When We Stand Up" as part of Juniata College's Green Dot Action Week and month of programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Registration for the event is required.
Tuesday, April 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Union Fountain - Meet Alicia Simpson, TItle IX Coordinator
Wednesday, April 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; A-Walk - Title IX table at Duquesne's Wellbeing Day. Visit for information and giveaways.
What is consent?
• Consent means a knowing, voluntary, active, present and ongoing agreement.
• In order for there to be consent, both parties who have the capacity to act freely must receive verbal agreement and positive cooperation.
• A verbal "no," even if it may sound indecisive or insincere, constitutes a lack of consent.
• The absence of a verbal "no" does not mean "yes."
• Lack of protest does not imply consent.
• Past consent does not imply ongoing/future consent or consent to other acts.
• Consent can be revoked/withdrawn at any time.
When can consent not be given?
• A person does not have the capacity to consent when:
o They are unconscious;
o They are incapacitated due to drugs, alcohol or sleep;
o Physical force, threats, intimidation, or coercion is present; and/or
o They are otherwise without capacity to provide consent due to intellectual or other disability or condition that is reasonably knowable to the other party.
Consent: it's as simple as Tea.
Tea Consent video copyright ©2015 Emmeline May and Blue Seat Studios
Additional information will be added to this page as details are finalized.
WEEK 4: Healthy Relationships and Online Safety (April 19 - April 23)
WEEK 5: SAAM Wrap-Up and Additional Resources (April 26 - April 30)
Resources to be Prepared
WEEK 1: Resources & Reporting Options (March 29 - April 2)
- Review the University's Policies on Title IX Sexual Harassment under TAP 61 and non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct under TAP 31
- Print and keep on-hand the Be Safe Card with key information to get immediate help
- Report any violations to the Title IX and Director of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, Alicia Simpson, at 412.396.2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org OR by completing the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Anonymous Reporting Form
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.
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.