Student Safety and Wellbeing Initiatives

Duquesne University’s faculty, staff and students share an individual and collective responsibility to make the University community a safe living and learning environment for all!  Our overarching concern for student safety and mission includes the promotion of a profound respect for the dignity of each person.  Throughout the years, the University, especially the Division of Student Life, has been very proactive in taking many steps to promote the safety, respect and dignity of the individual and to create and maintain a safe community on our Bluff.  And now federal and state regulations are requiring all colleges and universities to educate students on the topics of sexual assault awareness, alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

So far this year, the Division of Student Life has implemented and/or participated in the following student safety and wellbeing initiatives:

  • Freshmen Orientation once again included programs on alcohol and drug abuse prevention and how to avoid making damaging decisions.  Also, a new session was added regarding sexual assault awareness.
  • Ongoing related training for Resident Directors, Resident and Commuter Assistants
  • Creation of a Guide for Duquesne University Students Concerning Sexual Violence
  • Enhanced Online Sexual Assault Awareness Program entitled, “Lasting Choices: Protecting our Campus from Sexual Assault”.
  • Establishment of a new website: www.duq.edu/discrimination-sexual-misconduct (Insert link to site)
  • Revamped educational sessions on suicide prevention and campus resources.
  • Development of university-wide active shooter training.
  • Continuation of a Female-only SAFE (Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange) Program.
  • Redesign of a “BE Smart, BE Safe” wallet card.
  • Implementation of a “No Means No” marketing campaign and an anticipated Student Government Association-sponsored “Red Flag” Campaign.
  • Ongoing health education, wellness care, bystander awareness and dating violence prevention information provided in the Health Service office and related outreach programs offered by the Health Service Campus Relations nurse.
  • Renaming and relocation of the University Counseling and Wellbeing Center.
  • Creation of Peer Wellbeing Educators who will offer wellbeing outreach and education.