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Saint Mary’s is committed to providing an environment that is free from the physical and emotional threat of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence. As a Lasallian Catholic institution of higher education, the university believes in the inherent dignity and worth of every student and employee. The university strives to create an environment where the dignity of each person is respected and honored. Sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct violate the dignity of the person and are inconsistent with the mission and values of the university.

Bystander intervention is one promising component of sexual violence prevention. It is based on the idea that both men and women can interrupt behaviors to prevent sexual violence. Bystander intervention training is designed to change social norms and encourage people to find ways to intervene.

In August, Winona Campus hall directors and resident assistants participated in a five-hour bystander intervention training provided by the RE Initiative at Winona State University. The program educated our residence life staff on consent and gender-based violence and trained them to be active bystanders, thereby helping to foster the sense of community at Saint Mary’s where people help one another. New and current students receive bystander intervention training through the university’s online sexual misconduct training program.