Be the Bridge is a faculty toolkit for the prevention of, and response to, sexual violence (including sexual assault, dating violence, intimate partner violence and stalking).
We are grateful for the relationships you build with students in your role as a faculty member. Will you join us in taking a strong visible stand against sexual violence?
St. John’s University has been recognized by the Department of Justice and the Office of Violence Against Women for our interdisciplinary team approach to preventing and responding to violence. The responsibility to protect and support each St. John’s student is an important one and shared by all members of the Institution.
The rates of sexual violence are extremely high nationally; 1 in 5 women will be assaulted while attending a college or university. It can seem like a daunting task to make change in our society regarding such a prolific and broad problem. However, we have already seen a huge change in the discourse around this topic. As an institution, St. John’s has joined the conversation and is looking forward to the change that is on the horizon.
We understand your lives are tremendously busy and for that reason we appreciate your willingness to partner with us to help reduce violence, improve safety and thereby improve the quality of education available to all students. For your convenience, we have compiled this toolkit in the hopes of offering simple suggestions that you can refer to or implement through the semester that will allow for you to actively share in creating a safe campus without ever having to leave your classroom or office.
This document outlines how to connect a student in crisis to resources on campus, what to do when a report/disclosure is made, as well as proactive ways you can make a statement against sexual violence. The toolkit also contains brief straightforward examples of how to help us make this campus a safe place for all of our students. We hope you find this toolkit helpful.
Thank you for all you do in creating a safe space for our students.
Associate Dean of Students
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Sexual Violence Outreach, Awareness, and Response (SOAR)
This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-WA-AX-0002 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
According to the St. John’s University HR Policy Manual, in accordance with the Title IX legal mandate, every member of the faculty, administration, and staff of St. John’s University, acting in his or her capacity as an employee of the University, is obligated to immediately report any incident of sexual assault, rape, or other forcible sexual offense against any member of the University community upon learning of the incident. Additionally, every member of the faculty, administration, and staff is similarly obligated to report any incident of intimate partner violence or stalking against any student member of the University upon learning of the incident. Even when the individual requests confidentiality of the incident, the employee has a responsibility to report it.
When a student discloses an incident to you, you cannot promise confidentiality; however, you can offer support and direction to assist the student.
If a student reports information that describes imminent danger, call 911 and Public Safety directly from any campus phone. When no imminent danger exists, you should encourage the student to report this information to Public Safety. You can offer to accompany the student to the Public Safety building or call and a Public Safety officer will come to the student.
Public Safety can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It is important to tell the student that you will need to report what you have learned, even if the student does not want to. You should call immediately.
You can also offer the following confidential resources to the student:
The Campus Support Advisors are able to keep the information confidential and assist the student in seeking counseling support and other resources available, as well as explain the University response process. The CSAs are available to students on all campuses and can be reached by calling 718-990-8484. Their call will be returned by the next business day.
The CCC has mental health professionals available to provide free and confidential support and assistance. Counseling services are available on the Queens and Staten Island campuses.
Student Health Services also has staff available to provide medical assistance and support. Health services are available on the Queens and Staten Island campuses.
Available 24/7 by calling 718-990-5252 (Queens) or 718-390-4487 (Staten Island)
They can assist with transportation to a local hospital, as well as contacting or reporting an incident to local law enforcement, including the local District Attorney’s office.
Reports of sexual violence can also be made to St. John’s Title IX Coordinator, Keaton Wong, Director of Equal Opportunity, Compliance and Title IX. Ms. Wong's office is located on the Queens campus in the Office of Human Resources, University Center, and she can be contacted at 718-990-2660 or [email protected].
Jackie Lochrie, Associate Dean for Student Services, serves as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for the Division of Student Affairs. Ms. Lochrie's office is located on the Queens campus in Bent Hall, Room G023, and she can be contacted at 718-990-6568 or [email protected].
Kathleen F. Meehan, Associate Vice President for Athletics, serves as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Athletics. Ms. Meehan’s office is located on the Queens campus in Carnesecca Arena, Room 157, and she can be contacted at 718-990-6173 or [email protected].
Following a report, Ms. Wong or her deputy, Ms. Lochrie, will investigate and respond to your complaint.
Campus ministers are available for spiritual support and follow-up referrals.
After a report is made, the Title IX Coordinator will be informed and will oversee the investigation and process. The student will also have contact with a support person from the University who will discuss the survivor’s options for formal reporting procedures and available medical, counseling, academic, legal, and housing resources. For further details on how to help the student in need and a complete listing of on- and off-campus resources, check the University website page, Helping Survivors of Sexual Assault.
St. John’s University has joined the White House Task Force to protect students from sexual assault by implementing the “It’s On Us” campaign. It’s on us, all of us, to change the dynamic of sexual violence, and to do what we can to make it stop. Students see this campaign at different events and workshops across campus throughout the year. Hearing the same message, or a similar one, from their faculty will reinforce the cultural norm that sexual violence is not tolerated at St. John’s University. With just a few seconds, you can help establish concern for student safety and bystander intervention as the campus norm. With repeated exposures across settings, students and colleagues will begin to have the expectation that everyone plays a part in community safety.
Below are some ways you can take part in SJU’s “It’s On Us” campaign and remind our students to intervene in potentially harmful situations and to be a part of making our campus safe for all.
You can download the logo for your own use by visiting stjohns.edu/itsonus.
Just by adding a paragraph to your course syllabus you can help us reinforce the “It’s On Us” message that students are hearing from many different venues.
Here is an example, however, feel free to tailor this to suit your needs:
St. John’s University takes pride in being a welcoming and safe community. Please join me in preventing sexual violence by intervening when you notice a harmful situation. It’s on us to be part of the solution, do something to get in the way of sexual assault. If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of sexual violence, St. John’s University offers many resources. Visit www.stjohns.edu/sexualassault to learn more about what options are available.
Have an endorsement statement of some kind attached to your e-mail signature line, such as:
"It’s on US to stop Sexual Violence"
Check out our video or sign up for a workshop at stjohns.edu/itsonus.
Share the following It’s On Us campaign videos with your students!
A simple quote can carry big impact. Would you be willing to add a quote to your email signature or your class PowerPoints? Here are some ideas of quotes that relate to the theme of bystander intervention.
Follow up any of these quotes with the following, “It’s on us at St. John’s University to be a part of the solution. Join me in standing up against sexual violence.”
Show your support by providing correct information to our students. Post a Title IX Reporting poster in your office. Contact Jackie Lochrie, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, to receive copies. If our students are aware of the Title IX procedures, SJU will be able to prevent incidents, as well as, respond in a timely and appropriate manner.
Below we have listed a few ideas of how you can get your students learning about the dynamics of sexual violence.
Please contact Hannah Artiles-Stravers, Director, Sexual Violence Outreach, Awareness, and Response (SOAR), at 718-990-6550 or [email protected], if you would like to discuss how to relate this topic to your discipline. There are many ways to connect this issue with what you are teaching in the classroom.
Choose an article to read from the following list and journal about what you learned from this article. While journaling, also record whatever thoughts come to mind, things you had difficulty understanding or would like to know more about and conclude with a statement that describes your honest reaction to the information presented.