The campus of Eastern New Mexico University has recently implemented a new online program called “CampusClarity.” Launched online in 2013, this sexual assault prevention-training program allows students to learn more about “substance abuse and sexual assault prevention for students.” This training is part of ENMU’s compliance with Title IX federal regulations. ENMU is required to offer this training to all students, but participation is optional.
Dr. Jeff Long, Vice President of Student Affairs, hopes that this program will educate students on sexual assault and the circumstances that might lead to it. He wants students to think about decisions and choices they make as they go about their social lives on and off campus.
“We would like as many of our students as possible to participate because it is an important topic.”
Title IX is a law passed in 1972, which requires gender equality for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding. Title IX applies not only to sports, but to ten other aspects relating to higher education as well, including Access to Higher Education, Employment, Learning Environment, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Standardized Testing and Technology and Sexual Harassment.
Included in CampusClarity’s training sections discussing sex in college, partying smart, healthy relationships and solutions for these issues. There are also articles discussing how to have healthy relationships, how to recognize a stalker and domestic abuse survivor support.
Dr. Long and a university-wide committee chose this program because it is an awareness-training program for students. “We like this product because of the scenarios most students can relate to. If they can understand that if they are in that particular situation, it may trigger a memory of going through the program.”
Although the length is a concern, Dr. Long and the committee felt that it was a good choice as it offered a comprehensive test.
Several students have already participated in the program, including student Andrew Case, who believes that it is very helpful to the campus. “Students are often aware of the problems that happen on campus, but rarely do people believe it can happen where they are at.”
Case hopes that the program will spread throughout all of Eastern. “People need to know what happens when you don’t listen to the rules. The consequences could completely derail one’s life, even end it.”
Freshman Luis Roybal felt that the program is important because the people that “haven’t experienced anything such as drinking alcohol or sex will be prepared, and people that already have the experience can learn how to pace themselves.”
Roybal believes that CampusClarity will shed like on how easy it is to miscommunicate intentions, and will “cause people to think twice.”
CampusClarity presents statistics on sexual assault for both males and females. It asks personal questions concerning sexual relations, drugs, and alcohol, but these questions remain anonymous and are only asked to gain a perspective on the statistics of other students.
Dr. Long is asking all student organizations to take the training in order to participate in on-campus programs. He hopes that students will “take the program and training seriously, and as a result we will have fewer incidents of sexual assault on campus.”
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org.