In April 2021, the university initiated an effort to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of OSU’s Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Support, and Response Program.

Dan Larson, vice provost for student affairs, and Kim Kirkland, executive director for equal opportunity and access and Title IX coordinator, charged a work group to review the program. A full summary and charge to the review team is available here.

Jenny Haubenreiser, executive director of Student Health Services, Kevin Dougherty, dean of students, and Ian Kellems, executive director of Counseling and Psychological Services, co-led a group of department program leaders and members of OSU's faculty with expertise in this area to assess whether programs and services are comprehensive, well-coordinated, leveraged, appropriately resourced, and meeting the current needs of the OSU community.

Findings

The work group found that OSU’s designed system of several departments, programs, and services operating in a networked fashion to provide holistic support—as well as interpersonal violence prevention, education, training, and response—is serving the university’s goals well. This networked approach of contributors allows for education and outreach at multiple levels and degrees of specialization and is well-positioned to address instances of interpersonal violence.

The workgroup identified several areas to improve: 

  • The cross-departmental collaboration among these programs and services must be further strengthened so that access to available services for students is more seamless. Creating shared understanding and agreement regarding the roles and responsibilities of each of the contributing units, and of the confidential advocates within SARC, will help.
  • Those support needs specific to survivors from Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and other communities of color, as well as LGBTQQ+ survivors and survivors from other historically marginalized communities, need additional attention.
  • Data collection within SARC must be improved to better understand the university climate, assess needs, inform the distribution of resources, and aid in setting the direction of future programs.

The review also found that at the root of claims about the need for dramatically increased resources for SARC is disagreement among stakeholders about the appropriate model for providing services. In fact, the review did not find that services are substantially under-resourced at OSU. Additional details are provided in the review’s final report.

Next Steps

Jenny Haubenreiser, executive director for Student Health Services, will take the lead on following up on the findings above.

For any questions about this effort, please contact Dan Larson.