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.

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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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