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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the SVPP and why are we doing it?

Too many students on our campus are experiencing harm, and this is unacceptable. We all want our Dartmouth community to be a place where everyone feels safe, included, and respected. The Sexual Violence Prevention Project (SVPP) is an initiative to increase positive behaviors and ultimately end sexual assault, dating violence, harassment, and stalking on our campus. Learn more about it here!

When did this start?

President Hanlon announced the initiative in January 2015. The Sexual Violence Prevention Project incorporates many preexisting programs by partnering with the departments and student groups who already provided education around these topics (e.g. DBIMAV, OPAL, Orientation, and Residential Education), and additional programs and infrastructure are being built in order to create a cohesive educational experience for students. Several aspects of SVPP were piloted in the 2016-2017 academic year, and partial implementation begins in Fall 2017. Full implementation will take several years in order to develop enough effective programs to meet the needs of the entire undergraduate student body.

How are students involved?

Students have been involved since the very first working group, providing feedback, building infrastructure, and developing and leading various programs. In fact, you personally may have contributed to the building of this project by completing surveys, participating in focus groups, attending program pilots, and giving feedback in other ways. We will continue to prioritize and center student voices as we develop this project over the coming years. Check out the Student Involvement for more information and ways to get involved!

Is this mandatory?

Not right now, but the goal is for it to be in the future. Before anything can become mandatory, we need to make sure that there is a wide variety of interesting and effective experiences for students to choose from, and it will take several years to develop those programs and build the infrastructure to deliver them.

How will students fit this in with all of their other requirements?

We know that Dartmouth students already do so many things both on and off campus, and we don't want to add to student stress levels. There will be a lot of different options to fit student interests and time constraints, including online options and the opportunity for students to design their own experiences. The plan is to infuse sexual violence prevention into the Dartmouth experience as much as possible, not to burden students with additional requirements that they don't feel are relevant to their interests. If you have suggestions or want to be involved in designing experiences that work with student schedules and interests, check out the Student Involvement page.

I have a really great idea! How can I tell you?

Great, we'd love to hear it! Please contact us.

I still have questions.

We can answer them! Contact us.

Last Updated: 1/17/18