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On January 1, 2017, Missouri University of Science and Technology received $300,000 over three years through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus Program. The funding allowed Missouri S&T to strengthen and formalize education, policies and procedures, and messaging to prevent and respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
Through the grant, Missouri S&T improved coordination of campus and community partners to enhance the campus response to allegations of sexual violence and stalking. Efforts included ensuring that processes, policies, protocols and training content used throughout the campus and among community partners are consistent and well-understood.
The university also improved access to specialized programming for international students, who arrive on campus with varying levels of English proficiency. Many come from countries where gender equity and other social norms are radically different from those accepted in the United States.
Neil Outar, Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, was responsible for the overall management and fiscal oversight of the project.
Teresa Stratman, educational program coordinator, coordinated grant activities and worked with the Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Team to ensure goals of the program are met.
Missouri S&T coordinated with several local victim services and law enforcement partners on this project, including the Russell House, Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Rolla Police Department, Phelps County Sheriff’s Department and the Phelps County Prosecutor’s victim advocate services.