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San Diego State University

Title IX

Initiatives and Programs

SDSU Initiatives and Programs Relating to Sexual Violence

  • SDSU continues to offer programming and trainings to SDSU students including the following:
    • RAINN Day
    • Denim Day
    • Take Back the Night
    • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    • FratMANers
    • GAMMA
    • Bystander Intervention Training
    • These Hands Don’t Hurt
    • Behind Closed Doors
    • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Workshop
    • Wellness Workshops


• Per President Hirshman’s June 9, 2014 directive, full funding has been allocated to the Women’s Center Coordinator position. This position will serve as a resource advocate and will be a central point of contact and a confidential resource available to help students obtain the services needed when they experience an incident of sexual harassment or sexual violence.


• The Sexual Violence Task Force has been created and is comprised of student representatives (including student leaders), faculty, staff and administrators. The Task Force is responsible for reviewing current programming, making recommendations relating to the university’s current sexual violence awareness and prevention activities and implementing programming as appropriate.


• SDSU rolled out a revised and expanded Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention training for all new students this summer during New Student Orientation. The training is over 30 minutes and provides information to incoming students on university policies and procedures; definitions of affirmative consent and sexual violence; information on myths and facts, risk reduction tips and bystander intervention; how to respond if someone reports sexual violence to you; information on how to file a complaint; and information on support services. Parents who attended the New Parent Orientation were provided with information about the Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention training, provided with a brochure entitled “Sexual Assault: Risk Reduction, Response and Resources” and were encouraged to talk with their child about the training and the subject.


• At the beginning of the Fall 2014 Semester, SDSU emailed all university students information regarding sexual violence, including links to important information and resources. This communication also included a link to the Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention training and encouraged all students to view the video.


• SDSU is providing supplemental training on sexual violence awareness and prevention for student-athletes, fraternities and sororities, and other high-risk student organizations. SDSU will be using the online training, Agents of Change, for this supplemental training.


• Counseling and Psychological Services has developed an online sexual violence prevention training module. The module will be used to train students on sexual violence awareness and prevention, as well as university policy and procedures relating to sexual violence and will be available in late Spring 2015 to all students.


• Student Affairs and Student Life and Leadership rolled out programming on the subject of non-violent sexuality, including a series of lectures and workshops featuring Jamie Utt, a nationally recognized expert on the subject of diversity and inclusion.


• Health Promotions Department, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Residential Education partnered to conduct twenty four trainings on the subject of sexual assault awareness and prevention for residents of SDSU housing with an attendance of over 950 students. 


• The Health Promotion Department coordinated and implemented RAINN Day 2014 on September 24, 2014. RAINN Day is a day on which campuses across the country are encouraged to raise awareness about and promote prevention efforts for Rape, Abuse, and Incest ( This outreach event was implemented with the assistance of students from FratMANers, Aztecs for Awareness, and SDSU Peer Health Educators. It focused on raising awareness about sex and sexual violence, encouraging positive behaviors, with a significant emphasis on affirmative consent and "yes means yes," as well as skill building around how to ask for consent and practicing appropriate communication with potential sexual partners.


• Health Promotion, Counseling & Psychological Services, University Police, & Residential Education have collaborated to develop the “How to Be a Good Neighbor: Bystander Intervention” program. As part of this program, Health Educators from the Health Promotion Department attended all REO Freshman University Seminars and provided a 50 minute training covering on-campus health and wellness resources, education about bystander intervention, training on how to identify problematic or emergency situations requiring intervention, training on how to intervene safely and appropriately in situations where sexual violence may occur and discussions of what SDSU community members can do to protect each other and assist in prevention and environmental change efforts. It also included a discussion on how to react and assist someone if they disclose victim/survivor status and the resources we have on campus that are available to our students if they have experience sexual violence. The training was delivered to approximately 900 students during the Fall semester.


• Health Promotion, FratMANers, Aztecs for Awareness, and Peer Health Educators hosted the Teal Ribbon outreach event on October 22, 2014 in the Aztec Student Union Courtyard to bring faculty, staff, and students together to raise awareness and increase prevention efforts at and 19th, Residential Education, in collaboration with SDSU. This event was held in conjunction with a faculty and staff training on sexual violence presented by Jeffrey Bucholtz. All SDSU affiliates were encouraged to wear a teal ribbon, which is the ribbon associated with sexual assault and sexual violence prevention. Information was provided to all attendees about sexual violence prevention, intervention, and the importance of obtaining affirmative consent.


• SDSU has partnered with the Center for Community Solutions, San Diego County’s Rape Crisis Center, to apply for a grant to create a collaborative community response to sexual violence.  The grant, which was awarded in January 2015, will fund a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) to be located full-time on SDSU’s campus.  The grant will also fund a .5 FTE police officer position that will work closely with the SAVA and will be specially trained to handle complaints of sexual violence.


• Associated Students hosted a sexual violence awareness and prevention training on November 12, 2014 for all students.  The training, “Yes! Yes! Yes! A Conversation About Consent & Sexual Violence” was presented by Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, a nationally recognized expert in the field of sexual violence prevention and awareness.  The training took a critical look at the ways in which our culture facilitates sexual violence and the impact that has on our campus community.


• The Sexual Violence Task Force and Associated Students co-hosted two campus community forums on November 12, 2015.  The forums provided an opportunity for the campus community to come together and discuss current programs, concerns and to voice suggestions and ideas relating to the university’s efforts to end sexual violence.


• On February 5, 2015, the Sexual Violence Task Force hosted the first of its bi-weekly community briefings.  The bi-weekly community briefings occur every other Thursday from 3:00-4:00pm and will discuss a variety of topics related to the issue of sexual violence, including campus prevention programs, response protocols, support services, University Police, campus judicial process, and an open question and answer session.  The briefings provide an opportunity for the campus community to learn about important programs, initiatives and information relating to the university’s efforts to end sexual violence and to ask questions and voice concerns.


• SDSU has increased its trainings for administrators, faculty and staff on how to address and report sexual assault complaints. These various trainings include:


On July 21, 2014, the Title IX Coordinator briefed the President and the Vice President on issues relating to Sexual Violence on campus.

On August 11, 2014, the Title IX Coordinator met with the President and his Cabinet to discuss Sexual Violence on campus and proposed actions to reduce it.


On August 26, 2014, all SDSU employees and employees of Associated Students, SDSU Research Foundation, and Aztec Shops, received a communication providing information relating to the university’s policies and procedures, and information on how to respond to a report of sexual violence.


On August 14, 2014, all Residential Education staff, including Resident Advisors, was provided with comprehensive training on sexual violence awareness, prevention and handling.  The training was provided by the Deputy Title IX Coordinators and counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services.


On September 8, 2014, the Title IX Coordinator provided comprehensive training to Department of Athletics staff, including all coaches, on Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention and how to properly handle reports of sexual violence.


The Title IX Coordinator has attended a number of department and divisional meetings to discuss sexual violence awareness and prevention, with specific information provided to faculty, staff and administrators on university policies relating to sexual violence, how to respond to complaints of sexual violence and the rights, options and support resources available on and off campus.


All new faculty and new department chairs were trained at the beginning of the semester on sexual violence.


All new staff and administrators receive training on sexual violence at New Employee Orientation, which occurs on a regular basis throughout the year.


On January 15, 2015, Associated Students hosted mandatory staff trainings on the subject of sexual violence prevention and awareness. The trainings were presented by Jeffrey Bucholtz.  All managers were required to attend a supplemental training by the university Title IX Coordinator to discuss how to respond to complaints of sexual violence and providing information on the rights, options and support resources available on and off campus.



Important Contacts

EMERGENCY: Police, Fire & Medical: 9-1-1


SDSU Campus:
Escort Service: (619) 594-6659
Public Safety Office: (619) 594-1991
Student Health Services: (619) 594-4736
After Hours Nurse Line: (619) 594-5281
Counseling &
Psychological Services: (619) 594-5220
Women’s Resource Area
    Phone: (619) 594-7057
    E-mail: (email is preferred)


In addition to, or instead of contacting University Police, investigation of complaints of sexual assault may be reported to Dr. Lee Mintz, Director, Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities. She will guide the survivor through the available reporting options, offer support through the disciplinary process, and provide information about various treatment options that are available from the University.


Center for Community Solutions: 24 hour Hotline: (888) 385-4657
Coastal: (858) 272-5777
East County: (619) 697-7477

Women's Resource Center (North County): (760) 757-3500
Women's Legal Center of San Diego: (619) 699-5700
San Diego Police Department: (619) 531-2000
The San Diego LGBT Center: (619) 692-2077

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