Ohio Department of Higher Education Funds Additional Projects Statewide to Prevent Campus Sexual Violence

Who:

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will fund nine campus education projects to prevent sexual violence across Ohio campuses. The funds are being awarded as part of ODHE’s Changing Campus Culture initiative.
  

What:                 

More than $120,000 was awarded to two-year and four-year colleges and universities across Ohio to implement best practices laid out in ODHE’s Changing Campus Culture Report. The award recipients and a brief description of the projects funded can be found at https://www.ohiohighered.org/ccc or by clicking here.  The first round of grant funding was completed in the spring, with 22 campuses receiving funds totaling more than $212,000.      

 

When:     

Work will begin immediately to develop a wide variety of prevention and response initiatives meant to increase dialogue, understanding and overall awareness of the issues surrounding campus sexual violence. Funded projects will be reviewed for replication on other campuses.

 

Why:

Through the 2015 state budget, the Ohio Department of Higher Education was charged with developing model best practices for preventing and responding to campus sexual assault. A total of $2 million was allocated to support this work. To gain a better understanding of the diverse needs of Ohio’s colleges and universities, input was sought and received from campus presidents, advocacy groups and campus and community experts statewide, and national trends and best practices were thoroughly researched. ODHE released the “Changing Campus Culture: Preventing & Responding to Campus Sexual Violence” report and recommendations, which build upon the existing work already under way on many Ohio college and university campuses. You can view that report here.

About the Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Ohio Department of Higher Education is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio’s cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the state’s public colleges and universities, and carries out state higher education policy.

Contact Information: 

Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@highered.ohio.gov

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