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Sexual Violence Prevention Project

Announced in January 2015 as part of President Hanlon's Moving Dartmouth Forward (MDF) plan, the Sexual Violence Prevention Project (SVPP) aims to reduce sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and harassment on Dartmouth's campus through a four-year prevention and education program. 

Project Development

  • Assembled a small working group of students, faculty, and staff
  • Researched evidence-based interventions and prevention practices
  • Reviewed Title IX and Clery Act to align the project with federal guidelines
  • Explored curriculum and prevention strategies at other institutions
  • Constructed a logic model to guide our work and evaluate efficacy
  • Conducted an internal inventory of relevant programs and practices already in place at Dartmouth
  • Reviewed and incorporated student feedback into curriculum development, design, and framework


The overall mission of the project follows:

Sexual violence, as well as the norms and behaviors that perpetuate it, impact everyone's ability to thrive intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. We believe that Dartmouth seeks to foster a community in which all members have the support of their peers and the institution to challenge the norms that allow power-based violence to persist and that all members of the Dartmouth community should expect safety and accountability.

Focus Areas

To put our mission into action, we identified four behavioral outcomes (focus areas) that will indicate that we are fulfilling our mission to shift the culture and create a climate where we significantly reduce, if not eliminate, sexual violence in our community. By engaging with the project, students will ideally show the following positive changes in behavior:

  • Increased utilization of Resources and Support Services by students in need (including an increase in students referring their peers)
  • Increased proportion of sexual encounters and sexualized interactions in which Proactive Consent is present
  • Increased Respectful Communication and interactions between individuals and across difference
  • Increased acts of Bystander Intervention (before, during, and after an incident)


To provide comprehensive prevention and education, students will engage with four experiences (milestones) each year that align with each of the four focus areas:

  • Resources and Support Services
  • Proactive Consent
  • Respectful Communication
  • Bystander Intervention

Many milestones will be infused into existing Dartmouth experiences and be appropriately timed to student's intellectual, cognitive, and social development. Occurring both in and outside of the classroom, milestones will include varied teaching methods to account for different types of learners, provide experiential opportunities with interactive instruction, and focus on active skill building. By providing a menu of options, students will be able to participate in learning opportunities that are theory driven, socioculturally relevant, and suited to their interests, learning style, and time constraints.

Common Experience

Similar to First-Year Orientation, upperclass students will have two common experiences as a class to come together and discuss, reflect, and put their learning into action. To provide a relevant and meaningful experience, these milestones will be developed with students in collaboration with other campus and academic departments and likely connect with the new House System.




To reach our intended behavioral outcomes, it will take several years to develop, pilot, and assess new experiences to populate the menu of options, devise and refine a tracking system, build an infrastructure for accountability, and assess the overall efficacy of the project. In Fall 2016, we began loosely piloting our first-year experience with the Class of 2020 and are experimenting with tracking systems to begin capturing first-year students' interactions with the milestones.

For More Information

Contact the Project Lead, Amanda Childress, Associate Director for the Student Wellness Center with any additional questions.



Last Updated: 2/12/17