Educational Programs

Recognize, Report, Prevent: Primary Prevention Education and Awareness Campaigns that Address Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking


At Siena College our prevention education programs and awareness campaigns are rooted in the bystander intervention model of education, which teaches people to become active bystanders who challenge problematic behaviors that they witness, and social structures that support such behaviors.   Our programs are also built around our college-wide Recognize, Report, Prevent campaign. 


Primary Prevention Education Programs for New Students



All incoming students are required to successfully complete an online course before beginning classes at Siena College, which addresses the issues of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking; including education to assist students in recognizing, reporting and preventing these incidents.  This course is developed and administered by MyStudentBody, a complete alcohol, drugs, and student wellness program for colleges and universities.  The curriculum meets VAWA requirements.  This program contains general information as well as customized, Siena-specific resources.


“Who are You?” and Who are We?” Orientation Programs

At Orientation all incoming first year and transfer students attend two mandatory programs that teach them how to recognize, report and prevent sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.  A large group session is facilitated by senior administrators and provides information about campus policies, reporting options, support resources, etc.  This presentation is followed by small, single-gender groups facilitated by Siena faculty and staff, which focus on empowering students with the skills and confidence to become active bystanders who speak out and stand up to challenge attitudes and behaviors that violate personal and community values.  Every student receives a whiteboard with the “recognize, report, prevent” logo, a link to the Siena College sexual violence prevention website, active bystander messaging, and emergency numbers.  Note: student orientation leaders also attend these sessions.


Additional Awareness Campaigns and Educational Outreach to First-Year Residential Students

During the first week of school, Peer Educators accompany the Dean of Students and Associate Deans of Students on door-to-door residence hall visits to first-year students who live on campus, in order to distribute “recognize, report, prevent” branded resources, reiterate orientation program messages, answer questions, and build relationships.  Bulletin boards also reinforce these messages.  Below you will read more information about awareness campaigns and additional educational outreach to all students, which includes first-year students.


Ongoing Prevention Education and Awareness Campaigns for Current Students


Top of ForBottom of Form"Recognize, Report, Prevent" Training Workshops

Each year, Resident Assistants (RAs) receive training regarding how to recognize, report and prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.  The training is customized to the RA role and builds upon the active bystander pedagogical model.  Additional groups of students who receive customized, annual “recognize, report, prevent” training include: all athletes, students who serve on Human Rights hearing panels, and key student leadership groups.  Orientation leaders are exposed to this information as well, during their specialized training to prepare them to assist “Who are You?” orientation program facilitators.


"Mission Possible" Active Bystander Training Workshops 

"Mission Possible" workshops teach students to learn and apply bystander intervention skills to address a variety of behaviors and attitudes that violate their personal and our community values - bullying, hazing, homophobia, racism, sexism, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, etc.  The workshop is facilitated by the deans in the Office of the Dean of Students.  It is highly interactive and includes a variety of teaching methods.  The teaching style is intentionally personal, inductive and very practical, with the goal that student participants will leave feeling increased empathy, ownership and empowerment vis-a-vis their role/ability as active bystanders. Groups that participate in this training annually include: RA's, Orientation leaders, and Affinity Student Group leaders.  The Student Events Board, Student Senate and Resident Hall Association receive a modified version of this training during their annual training retreat.


Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)

MVP is a national, evidence-based training program that utilizes the active bystander model of education to train students to create a culture in which violence of any kind is not tolerated.  Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking are specifically addressed in this intensive, multi-session program.  The program is coordinated each semester by the Office of the Dean of Students in partnership with facilitators from local community agencies. 


The Peer Education and Empowerment Program at Siena (P.E.E.P.s)
The P.E.E.P.s are a group of student peer educators dedicated to empowering fellow students to foster a safe community.  P.E.E.P.s do this by sharing the knowledge, skills and values needed to be an active bystander.  The “P.E.E.P.s in the Classroom” program creates sustained, semester-long partnerships with first-year seminar classes.  Trained peer educators develop and facilitate interactive sessions to address sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking; and to promote healthy relationships and active bystander culture.  “P.E.E.P.s Pop-In” programs provide additional opportunities for students throughout the campus to learn about these issues.  P.E.E.P.s are advised by professionals working in the Office of the Dean of Students, Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women, and First-Year Seminar faculty.


Related Academic Courses

Students have the opportunity to participate in academic courses that address issues of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, such as the following two course: “Relationship Violence,” and “Sexual Assault, Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships: Peer Advocacy.”


Additional Outreach to Students

Siena College officials - Dean of Students, Director of Public Safety, etc. - meet annually with Athletics teams and Club Sports teams to provide important information about sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.  This informaion is also shared with resident students at Hall Meetings throughout the year.


Awareness Campaigns and Additional Programming for All Students

Siena College sponsors and supports a variety of large-scale awareness raising campaigns each year such as Take Back the Night, One Billion Rising, The Clothesline Project, and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.  Additionally, Residential Life Staff and the Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women Staff work together with the P.E.E.P.s and the Siena College Anti-Violence Task Force to provide a number of hall and community programs that raise awareness about issues like sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking; and teach students pro-social behaviors such as healthy relationship programming.  These groups also provide tabling at events like the annual college Safety Day, Club Fairs, etc. 


Print and Electronic Education for All Students

The Siena College “Recognize, Report, Prevent” campaign features a comprehensive website (, resource pamphlets, social norms posters, bulletin board kits, magnets, whiteboards, bookmarks, weekly community emails, and short “Public Service Announcement” videos.  All materials are designed to educate and empower the community to work together to recognize, report, and prevent sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.  Materials include active bystander messaging.


The Siena College Anti-Violence Task Force

The Siena College Anti-Violence Task Force is comprised of faculty, staff and students from across the college.  The mission of the anti-violence task force is to provide collaborative programs and resources to assist the Siena College community in recognizing, reporting and preventing sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.  The task force sponsors and supports a variety of programs on campus and in the local community.  The task force meets monthly. 


Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

Siena College’s Office of Public Safety offers RAD courses.  The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women, which begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified R.A.D. instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense / martial arts tactics. For more information about the RAD program, visit the website: