Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention

Mission Statement for the Valdosta State University Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force

The VSU Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force is committed to raising awareness and creating prevention programs and resources about sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking on our Campus and the local community. It is the goal of the VSU Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force to create a safe environment where individuals are educated, supported, and empowered to reduce the incidence of sexual violence on our Campus and throughout our Community. 

VSU’s Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force Goals:

The VSU Dating and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force is committed to raising awareness and creating prevention programs and resources about sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking on our Campus and the local community. To accomplish this goal, the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force will:

  • Promote a safe and positive environment fostering respect, empowerment, and growth;  
  • Offer students and employees programs and resources for prevention and education on the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking;
  • Work to serve the needs of individuals of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions, classes, ages and sexual orientations;
  • Offer survivors and secondary victims support, advocacy, counseling and referral resources on Campus and in the local community;
  • Work assertively towards a campus and community that is safe from sexual assault, relationship violence, sexual harrassment, and stalking;
  • Facilitate collaboration and communication among campus groups and community resources concerned with eliminating sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
Objectives:
  • VSU has created a University policy aimed specifically towards relationship and sexual violence that is easily accessible and provides the following:
    • Clear definitions of relationship and sexual violence, consent, harrassment, and stalking.
    • Examples of each definition
    • Clear reporting and contacting options
      • Title IX Coordinator
      • VSU Counseling Center
      • Student Conduct
      • VSU Police
      • The Haven
    • Brief outline of the conduct process
    • The following is the link to the sexual misconduct section of the VSU Student Code of Conduct.
  • Prevention Programs specifically geared towards the Campus community
  • Classes targeting specific student groups such as: Athletes, Freshmen, Student Leaders, and Greeks.
  • Prevention classes throughout the semester designed for all students that are easily accessible to on and off campus students.
  • A comprehensive web site that includes all the links, resources, definitions regarding relationship and sexual violence.
  • Links to local and national resources related to sexual and relationship violence.
  • Provide trained Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Peer Educators who act as liaisons between the University and the students.

Campus and Community Partners:
    Academic Affairs
    Alcohol and Other Drug Education Center
    Campus Recreation / Wellness and Prevention Programs
    Counseling Center
    Dean of Students Office
    Housing and Residence Life
    Legal Affairs
    Office of Social Equity
    Student Conduct
    Student Health Services
    Student Life / Greek Life
    The Haven Rape Crisis Center
    Women and Gender Studies
    University Police Department
    VSU Athletics