COLUMBUS, Ga. — A Stanford University’s student’s slap on the wrist after being convicted of rape has the nation talking about sexual assault awareness on college campuses across the nation.
Columbus State University’s Student Services Offices says sexual assault awareness has been on its radar long before this recent Stanford Case. In fact, CSU says the entire University System of Georgia has been proactive in its approach to offer resources to students who find themselves victimized.
College police officers at campuses nationwide know that many sexual assault cases go unreported. CSU wants to be sure students here feel comfortable and know resources are available in the horrific event they are needed.
Last year, the Georgia Board of Regents instituted a new program called Haven. It’s an online training program with mandatory participation required for all college students and employees in the University of Georgia System. It trains participants on a wide range of issues surrounding sexual assaults.
CSU’s Student Affairs Office has also developed a “What-If” page that provides on-campus resources and community help at the click of a mouse.
“If you’re in any way part of our Columbus State University community, and you’re assaulted, we have resources on our campus. You need to come to the Student Affairs Office or come to the University Police, and we will treat you with respect. We are going to honor the complaint, and we are going to investigate it fully,” says Dr. Chip Reed, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Columbus State University.
Dr. Reese adds that campus and Columbus area law enforcement officers work together to help students if a case of sexual assault occurs, and they make sure the process is fair to both the victim and the accused as the case is investigated.
Above all, CSU wants students to know they are not alone.