University Receives It’s On Us PA Grant

The University of Scranton was awarded a $30,000 “It’s On Us PA” grant to fund campus initiatives to combat sexual assault.
March 27, 2018

The University of Scranton was among just 39 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to be awarded 2018 “It’s On Us PA” grants to fund campus initiatives to combat sexual assault. The grants support programs ranging from campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff to institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence.

The University received $30,000 to fund educational programming and training initiatives, which will be directed by the University’s Office of Equity and Diversity. The grant will support training for staff members in departments that work directly with potential victims of sexual misconduct, such as the University’s student health services, counseling center and University Police. The grant will also fund initiatives to provide better access for students, faculty and staff to resources concerning sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, as well as support for guest lecturers, workshops and educational materials, some of which will focus on bystander engagement.

This is the second “It’s On Us PA” grant the University received. In 2017, the University was among 36 colleges in Pennsylvania to receive the initial awards given. Scranton received $16,000 to support an outreach and awareness campaign.

“Since launching two years ago, “It’s On Us PA” has helped dozens of Pennsylvania colleges and universities to develop programs to prevent sexual assault and establish campus cultures where sexual assault and harassment are not tolerated,” Governor Tom Wolf said at the March announcement of the more than $950,000 in grants awarded for 2018.

In January 2015 Pennsylvania became the first state to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign, building on the national campaign launched in 2014 by then President Barack Obama.

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