Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Program - 1st year on campus

The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Program promotes safety and improves quality of life by educating students on sexual assault and relationship violence, eliminating violence on campus, empowering students to become advocates for a non-violent community and positively affecting social change. The SARV Prevention Program is a required workshop for all first-year and transfer students. The program offers a forum for students to engage in conversation and be educated about college social life, and allows students to become active in keeping the MSU community safe.

Incoming students are required to attend one, 2-hour workshop that will be facilitated by undergraduate peer educators. The workshop will explore the definitions of sexual assault, rape, and relationship violence, and offer ways in which students can become active bystanders in the prevention of sexual violence from occurring to themselves, their friends, and their peers. Workshop participants will interact in college life scenarios in both mixed-gender and separate male and female groups.

The goals of the SARV Prevention Program include:

  • Creating awareness of and establish a definition of sexual assault, rape, and relationship violence at MSU
  • Educating MSU students about the programs and resources available on campus and in East Lansing
  • Empowering MSU students to become active in their daily lives in the prevention of sexual assault and relationship violence by providing applicable strategies of intervention
  • Educating all students to understand that they each share a responsibility in the prevention of sexual violence and the creation of a safe community

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am a survivor and I’m worried about going to SARV. Will this workshop be upsetting for me to sit through?

    Our workshops are created with a survivor focus and are intentionally made to be sensitive to the topics of sexual and relationship violence. We have had survivor input during the creation of the workshops that help to make them trauma-informed and to present the content in the least upsetting, or triggering, way to folks who have experienced trauma. Our workshops create a space that allows the attendees to feel comfortable and safe, which also includes the option to step out or leave at any time they feel the information is too much. Our peer educators presenting the workshops are also trained to handle difficult situations and check in with those who need to step out and debrief.

    Your safety and well-being is our priority. If you are concerned that the workshop might be a difficult experience, you may request accommodations by contacting the Training and Accommodation Specialist at empower@msu.edu or (517) 355-3865.

  • Can I request accommodations?

    Yes. For reasonable accommodation requests, please contact the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) at (517) 884-7273 .

     

  • Do I have to go?

    MSU takes sexual assault and relationship violence prevention very seriously. The SARV Workshop plays an important role in educating students about resources and their role in intervention. As such, the SARV Prevention Program is a required workshop for all freshman and first-year transfer students.

     

  • Can I attend a workshop in my own Neighborhood?

    We offer SARV workshops in each Neighborhood throughout the semester. The best way to guarantee attending a workshop in your own Neighborhood is to check the registration link at poe.msu.edu early in the semester for available dates and locations of workshops.

     

  • How do I make sure my attendance at a SARV workshop is recorded?

    Attendance is tracked through 1) signing in to the workshop with your MSU ID, and 2) by completing a post-workshop survey that includes your NetID.

     

  • I registered for a workshop, but I can no longer attend at that time. What should I do?

    You can register again for another workshop at poe.msu.edu.

     

  • I missed my scheduled workshop time. What should I do?

    Register again. If workshops have concluded for the fall semester, you must register for a workshop in the spring semester.

     

  • Why do I keep getting email notifications about SARV?

    All first-year transfer and freshmen students are on the mailing list to receive notifications about SARV. You will continue to receive these notifications until after you have attended a workshop and your attendance has been recorded. Sometimes this can take several days. You may also receive another email after attending about a follow-up survey to complete for SARV. Completing this survey assists us in tracking how well the knowledge from SARV is retained.

     

  • I’m a commuter/adult/non-traditional student. Do I still have to go?

    If you feel like you have exceptional circumstances, please contact the SARV Prevention Program Specialist, Sabrina Merz, at merzsabr@msu.edu.

     

  • I’ve had sexual assault/relationship violence prevention education already. Can I get this requirement waived?

    While we greatly value the education and experience students have had with sexual assault and relationship violence prevention, the SARV Prevention Program will give all MSU students a consistent knowledge base about sexual assault and relationship violence dynamics unique to the college experience, resources of where to get help at MSU, and skills to safely intervene.

     

  • How can I become a peer educator?

    Prevention, Outreach and Education (POE) hires new peer educators every spring semester to begin work for the following fall semester. Check this website for an online application during the spring, or email the SARV Prevention Program Specialist, Sabrina Merz, at merzsabr@msu.edu.

     

  • Other questions?

    Please contact the SARV Prevention Program Specialist at merzsabr@msu.edu.