Saint Joseph’s University Receives $300,000 Department of Justice Grant
Award from DOJ's Office of Violence Against Women will bolster response to sexual misconduct.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (November 30, 2017) — Saint Joseph’s University has been awarded a three-year $300,000 total federal grant from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). With the funds, the University plans to hire a sexual misconduct prevention specialist, create a coordinated community response team and educate the campus community about sexual violence.
The goal of the OVW award is to reduce sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on 53 college campuses nationwide, as well as strengthen the institution’s response to these crimes and enhance collaboration among universities, law enforcement and survivor advocacy organizations. University staff will submit quarterly reports to the OVW to insure the campus’ progress.
The proposed specialist will lead the University’s sexual misconduct prevention and education efforts. Crucially, they will convene a coordinated community response team that works collectively to strengthen the University’s response to sexual misconduct on campus and to enhance collaboration with community partners. The team, which plans to meet quarterly, will include SJU faculty and staff; police from Lower Merion Township; and staff of the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Victims Services Center of Montgomery County and the Clery Center.
In addition, the University will allocate part of the grant to educating students about consent and sexual assault. It will also fund ongoing training at the national level for staff from Student Outreach and Support, Public Safety and Community Standards. Members of the University staff and community agencies will also attend OVW meetings twice a year to collaborate with the other participating universities and to learn promising practices.