HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Thirty-seven institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania will be receiving grants to combat sexual campus assault, according to Governor Tom Wolf.
The “It’s On Us” campaign was established in Pennsylvania five years ago, created to provide colleges and universities with resources necessary to shift campus culture and promote healthy relationships. Each school will receive a grant of $30,000.
Schools in our area that are receiving grants include Penn State University, Juniata College and Lock Haven University.
“Sexual violence will not be tolerated,” Governor Wolf said. “Students, staff, and educators across the commonwealth have done tremendous work through It’s On Us PA to protect learning environments and ensure they are free from sexual assault, harassment, and violence. These grants will further build on the work they have done to hold people accountable.”
The grants will provide funding from January 2021 until May 2022. Here is the list of goals the campaign hopes to address with its new funding, according to the governor’s office:
- Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges, and universities to better serve all students.
- Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender-based violence.
- Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate around sexual assault.
Programs that have been considered include campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff, along with campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and available resources for students that have been sexually assaulted.
These programs will also increase awareness of the students’ rights to seek or increase mechanisms for anonymous reporting.
The full list of colleges and universities receiving grants are below:
|Albright College||Cabrini University||Chatham University|
|Cheyney University||Community College of Allegheny County||Community College of Philadelphia|
|Dickinson College||Drexel University||Duquesne University|
|Eastern University||Gettysburg College||Haverford College|
|Holy Family University||Indiana University of PA||Johnson College|
|Juniata College||Lackawanna College||Lafayette College|
|Lincoln University||Lock Haven University||Marywood University|
|Mercyhurst University||Montgomery County Community College||Pierce College|
|Penn State University||Point Park University||Robert Morris University|
|Rosemont College||Seton Hill University||Slippery Rock University|
|St. Vincent College||Temple University||Thomas Jefferson University|
|University of Scranton||West Chester University||Wilkes University|
|York College of PA|
It’s On Us PA has awarded 150 grants since 2016 to over 70 institutions, with a total funding amount of almost $4 million.